A cavity left untreated will become larger and reach the nerve of the tooth causing pain and infection at the base of the root. This then leads to the formation of a puss filled bump called an abscess. This abscess is generally painful and will need to be treated and removed with a root canal procedure. A root canal procedure requires the opening and cleaning of the infected tooth. The infected nerve within the canal of the tooth is cleaned out and medicated. The space where the infected nerve used to be is then sealed permanently and a temporary filling is placed on the top portion of the tooth. After the procedure, our doctors may place you on pain meds or antibiotics based on the extent of the original infection and the condition of the tooth. After our doctors confirm that the infection is gone from the tooth and you are no longer in any pain. A second visit is required for the placement of a permanent crown on the tooth.