In the most severe cases, the plaque that causes tooth decay eats its way through the enamel that forms the outer layer of your tooth and attacks the soft core of tissue inside known as the pulp. If that happens, you may need a root canal to save the tooth. After the infected pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, shaped and sealed using the latest system called EndoVac. EndoVac creates a powerful current force to pump disinfecting irrigants throughout the entire root canal system, so pain-inducing bacteria are destroyed more quickly and effectively. It is the only system of its kind in the world and is clinically proven to remove more bacteria than traditional methods alone. This ensures a longer-lasting treatment for the tooth and lowers the incidence of recurrent infections. Following the root canal procedure, a crown will need to be placed to keep the tooth from fracturing with time. With regular checkups and proper care, your restored tooth should last for the rest of your life.