Root canal treatment involves removal of the soft tissue nerve and blood supply from the interior of a tooth. Often, root canal treatments are performed to enable your dentist to remove bacteria and other irritants that lead to infection, swelling and pain. Occasionally, root canal treatments are performed to eliminate tooth pain that is not related to infection. Once all soft tissue, bacteria and other contaminants are removed from the root canal system, a sealant is placed within the root(s). Root canal treatments are critical to removing infected tissue from a tooth’s interior environment but leave the tooth susceptible to fracture. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you reinforce your root canal treated tooth with a post-operative crown or cap. This crown can be made from Porcelain, Porcelain-fused-to-Metal or Gold.