An abscessed tooth is an infection in the pulp that can be treated with root canal therapy. The pulp of the tooth houses nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth. Tooth decay can reach the pulp and cause an infection.
Even a cracked tooth might lead to an abscess because it allows germs to reach the pulp. If you have an infection and your dentist in St. Louis decides to try root canal therapy, he or she will remove the infection and clean out the center of the tooth.
Once the infection is gone, the dentist will seal the tooth with a dental crown. Most root canal therapy can be completed in just 1-3 office visits. Check out this video to learn more.