In the center of our teeth and roots there is an area that contains the nerves and blood for our teeth (called the dental pulp). Occasionally, these spaces become infected or damaged through trauma, autoimmune reactions, or infection. When this occurs root canal treatment is a procedure used to relieve dental pain and preserve the tooth. During treatment our dentists carefully remove the infected or damaged pulp tissue, then disinfect, shape, and fill these spaces with restorative material. Once completed, a crown is typically made for the tooth to ensure the tooth remains functional without breaking.