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Root Canal


A root canal, also referred to as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure for a tooth that is severely infected or decayed. Root canals preserve the structure of the tooth and prevent the need for extraction. During a root canal, the dentist removes the infected pulp from the tooth, cleans and disinfects the root canal, and then seals it to prevent further infection.

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When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp becomes damaged due to decay, repeated dental procedures, or injury, a root canal becomes an essential intervention to prevent tooth loss. Perfomed by a dentist or endodontist, the procecure involves creating an opening in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Specialized instruments are used to remove the infected pulp, and the canals are meticulously cleaned and shaped. After disinfection, the canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha, and sealed with adhesive cement. A temporary or permanent filling material is then placed to close the opening in the tooth. In some cases, a crown may be recommended to provide additional protection and restore the tooth’s appearance. This procedure not only relieves pain but also prevents the spread of infection and restores normal chewing function.

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A root canal alleviates pain caused by tooth decay or infection by removing the inflamed or infected pulp. This procedure enables the saving of a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted, maintaining the patient’s natural dentition. It also controls the risk of infection by thoroughly disinfecting+D23 the interior of the tooth to prevent further spread of infection to surrounding tissues or into the bloodstream.




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