Damage to the nerve and blood vessels inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable, especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. We will take advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while taking less time.
A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth – the pulp – when it has become infected and inflamed. Your dentist gently removes the infected tissue out of the canals of the tooth (this is where the procedure gets its name) and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a crown. Think of a tooth that has had a root canal as a dead brittle tree. Without a crown to cover and protect it, it would break.
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