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Root Canal Therepy:

What is a Root Canal?

Root Canal therapy is a procedure done to treat a tooth with an inflamed or infected pulp. The pulp of your tooth is a cluster of blood vessels and nerve that support the tooth. A tooth can experience an inflamed or infected pulp from deep decay, fracture, faulty restorations and trauma to name a few. In order to save the tooth and promote health in the area a root canal is performed to remove the inflamed or infected pulp. This is done by accessing the pulp chamber in the center of the tooth and using small instruments to extract the pulp from the tooth. The tooth is then internally shaped and cleaned to disinfect any remaining tissue, bacteria or infection present. Once this has been completed, the tooth is sealed of air tight by filling the empty chamber in the tooth with a rubber-like filling material. The tooth is then finished by placing a crown or a filling material where the access point was. This is a highly successful procedure for restoring a tooth that is experiencing a troubled nerve or current infection.