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Root Canals

Overview

In some situations, a patient can avoid tooth extraction by undergoing a root canal. An internally infected or inflamed tooth may be treatable.

Logistics

Inside every tooth, canals house the pulp (nerve) that sustains life. A deep cavity or crack can compromise the pulp and cause infection or inflammation. As infection and inflammation builds, the tooth begins to ache from internal pressure. At this point, the dentist will recommend extraction or a root canal.

During root canal therapy, infection or inflammation is removed from the canals of a tooth. The dentist inserts manmade material into the emptied canal, then crowns or restores the tooth. Root canals are a conservative, common procedure that can often be completed in one visit. Rest assured, your comfort will be maintained throughout treatment.
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