As you would expect, these types of infections can be quite uncomfortable, causing a great deal of pain. If left untreated, the infection can develop into an abscess, which can be detrimental to your overall health and have negative impacts on the strength of your jaw, as well as the surrounding teeth and gums. To treat this type of infection, a root canal is required.
A root canal is the process of removing the infected tissue from inside the tooth, cleaning the inside area of the tooth with a sanitizing treatment, and injecting a filling material to restore the structural strength of the tooth. In some cases, a crown is used to provide extra protection on the tooth and strengthen its surface.
It may be possible to solve the problem of an infected nerve in a tooth with alternative methods, including replacing the affected tooth with a permanent dental implant. For some patients, this option is recommended for a variety of different reasons, which your dentist will discuss with you when evaluating the best treatment for your individual situation.