Root Canal Therapy
When decay reaches the pulp (inner tissue) of a tooth, infection and a host of painful symptoms can result, eventually causing tooth loss.
A root canal is the complete removal of the pulp. This relieves pain, eliminates infection, and preserves the exterior tooth structure.
What are the benefits of a root canal?
Root canal therapy eliminates the need for extraction:
By removing infected tissue, the healthy exterior can continue to contribute to chewing and other functions. The remaining tooth structure is usually restored with a crown.
What are the steps to a root canal?
The dentist applies local anesthesia.
An access point is created in the tooth.
All tissue is removed from the pulp chamber and root canals.
The inside of the tooth is disinfected. If the remaining tissue cannot support a crown, a post is inserted into one of the root canals for reinforcement.
The tooth is filled with a rubber-like substance.
The tooth is sealed.
A crown is placed to restore the tooth, if needed.
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