Root Canal Therapy

Root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve or pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may happen.

Common reasons for Root Canal therapy

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    Tooth decay invades the tooth, inside the nerve.
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    Dying tooth due to past trauma.
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    Abscessed due to an infected tooth.
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    Exposed nerve due to chipped or broken tooth.

What is involved in a Root Canal procedure?

During your first visit to the dentist to perform a root canal, a local anesthetic will be applied in the area surrounding the affected tooth.

Then, your dentist will proceed to remove the tooth decayed areas, and clean out inside the tooth roots (root canals), removing the nerves inside. Finally, and special medication is applied inside the cavities and your tooth is sealed until your next visit. This is recommended to ensure there is no more discomfort or further infection.

In your next and final visit of your root canal treatment, your dentist will seal the canals with the permanent filling material. However it is important to highlight that after this kind of procedures, your tooth will become dry and brittle and easy to break. In these case, a dental crown is usually recommended to restore the tooth properly.

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