Are you experiencing severe tooth pain, extreme tooth sensitivity, or swelling in the nearby gums? If so, you may benefit from endodontic treatment. Endodontics is the specialized area of dentistry focused on the study and treatment of the dental pulp and tooth nerves. Root canal therapy is an endodontic dental treatment that can restore the health of an infected tooth. The dental pulp and tooth nerve may become infected if tooth decay reaches deep inside the tooth. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected dental pulp and tooth nerve, cleaning the tooth, and filling in the tooth. Your caring dentist in Waynesville, North Carolina, Dr. Joseph Conard, may suggest a dental crown to restore the function and structure of the tooth following root canal therapy. Root canal therapy can help to restore your oral health and prevent the need for tooth extraction. For more information on how root canal therapy can improve your smile, we welcome you to call or visit us today.