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Root Canal Therapy

Root canals are tiny passageways that span from beneath the top of the tooth to the tip of the root.

Each tooth has between 1 and 4 root canals. When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected due to excess debris and plaque, the roots of the teeth can become affected. When the inner tooth is diseased like this, it can lead to pain and sensitivity, and eventually, an abscess can form. Root canal therapy involves removing diseased tissue to stop infection from spreading and restoring the healthy part of the tooth. Root canal therapy saves teeth that would otherwise have to be removed.

Procedure

Root canal therapy often involves 1-3 visits. On the first visit, a small hole is drilled into the inner chamber of the tooth. This allows the inner chamber to be cleansed and disinfected. The canals are then filled with elastic and medication that prevents infection. The drilled hole is filled until a permanent seal (crown) is made. Root canal therapy often involves little to no pain, and eliminates pain and discomfort from infected teeth and roots.