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What Is A Root Canal?
Also called endodontics, root canal treatment is the process of removing the infected, injured or dead pulp from a tooth.
A root canal is a space inside a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber, the main canal, and more intricate anatomical branches. Root canal therapy can assist in maintaining your teeth for many more years, saving them from possible extraction.
Why Might You Need Root Canal Treatment?
When a tooth becomes decayed or fractured, the bacteria eats its way through the enamel and dentin laters until they reach the pulp tissue. Once there, the bacteria cause the pulp tissue to break down, causing destruction of the nerves and blood vessels.
As the infection spreads further, the nerves and blood vessels eventually die. Pressure from the infectious tooth then builds up and begins to cause pain and an abscess forms at the root tip. This process will continue and worsen until the tissue is removed from within the tooth.
An opening is created through the top of the tooth to gain access to the pulp. The decayed tissue and infectious debris are then cleaned out of the canals using small files.
Once the canals have been cleaned and are free of bacteria, they are sealed with a filling material and usually, the abscess will heal. A temporary filling is used to close the opening in the tooth until the final restoration is finally placed.