Sometimes the only way to salvage a tooth is with endodontic (root canal) therapy. Teeth that are fractured or abscessed may be candidates for root canal treatment. Not all teeth can be handled this way, so it is best to discuss this option with us during your appointment. The main thing to remember is that a broken tooth or an abscessed (infected) tooth is painful. Animals do not always show mouth discomfort, but these teeth really do hurt! A root canal or an extraction will relieve this pain.