Root canal treatment is a method used to save a tooth with a damaged nerve. Every tooth contains a bundle of nerves and blood vessels, also known as the pulp, in the center. The nerve can become damaged when tooth decay goes untreated and extends to the pulp area. Nerve damage can also occur following a trauma to the tooth, perhaps due to accident or sports injury. Infected pulp that is untreated can lead to an abscess and possible loss of the tooth.
Root canal treatment is performed to remove the pulp and the bacteria that have infiltrated it. Your doctor will remove the infected nerve tissue, clean and disinfect the canals, and seal the canals to ensure no further infection can take place.
Root canal treatment is performed with local anesthesia, ensuring the entire tooth and nerve are numb during the procedure. Often, infected teeth are painful due to the pressure of the infection building inside and the root canal treatment will relieve this pain.
After the root canal treatment has been performed, the tooth is structurally weaker from accessing the pulp. It is highly recommended that these teeth have a crown placed to protect the tooth from possible fracture. Once crowned, the tooth will look and function just as it did before root canal treatment. With proper oral hygiene at home and regular dental cleanings, these teeth can last as long as any other tooth.
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