Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a procedure to remove inflammed or infected pulp tissue from within a tooth. The pulp is where the nerves and blood vessels are found inside the tooth and it could become inflammed or infected if a cavity gets too deep, the tooth has a history of many dental procedures, or if the tooth somehow gets a deep crack. If this happens the patient will often experience different severities of pain or throbbing, or even swelling of the gum or face beside the affected tooth. This procedure allows your dentist to disinfect the inside of the tooth and clear the infection. Once completed, the root canal space inside the tooth is filled and sealed with a rubber-like material.
Your dentist will also discuss your options for the best type of restoration to fix the tooth after the root canal in order to prevent bacteria from reinvading the tooth.
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