Root Canal Treatment

At the centre of each tooth, the pulp contains all of the nerves that sustain the life of your teeth. Once these nerves are damaged by bacteria, infection and pressure build cause a severe toothache. A root canal therapy may be advised to save the affected tooth from extraction and to prevent further complications, such as an abscess.

A filling or a crown cannot repair the infected pulp inside a tooth. To successfully remove all infection from the root of a tooth, a root canal therapy may be necessary. A root canal is an endodontic procedure in which the dentist removes an infected tooth’s pulp, cleans the canal and then seals it with a specific material. The tooth will no longer be alive, but it will probably not require extraction and replacement. In most cases, a crown is placed to strengthen a tooth after a root canal therapy.

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Benefits of a Root Canal Therapy

A root canal saves the tooth from extraction, which is a much more invasive and costly procedure. In addition, in order to maintain good oral health, the missing tooth must be replaced. To replace a tooth, you may need dental implants, bridgework, or partial dentures. Since a root canal conserves the structure of the original tooth, only a crown is needed to strengthen the tooth after a root canal therapy. You can see that a root canal is actually a more conservative procedure. With modern technology, root canal therapy can often be completed in one visit.