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Root Canal Therapy

A Root Canal is needed when the nerve in the middle of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection may result from deep decay, a fracture or crack that has spread to the pulp (nerve), leaking crowns or fillings, excessive tooth wear, or trauma on a tooth. Suppose the inflammation or infection is left untreated. In that case, it may lead to spontaneous pain, bite discomfort, prolonged hypersensitivity to temperature, or a visible swelling filled with pus called an abscess. Once the anesthetic takes hold, and you are completely numb, our dentist will create a small hole in your tooth. The infected material will be drained out, along with the pulp and any other debris working through the hole. The interior of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned out to make sure that no infection is left. An antibiotic medication may be placed inside the tooth to prevent further infection. Your tooth will then be filled and a cap or crown will be placed. This is necessary because the tooth’s structure will be weakened, and restoration will protect the tooth from breakage and allow you to chew comfortably.

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