If a tooth is damaged and the inner pulp is exposed, bacteria can enter the tooth and cause a serious infection. This infection can spread to the tissues around the root of the tooth, where it can form an abscess or weaken the tissues and put the tooth at risk of being lost. Root canal therapy is the traditional treatment to save and restore an infected tooth.
The root canal procedure is simple: we drill a hole in the damaged tooth and remove the pulp and infected tissue. Once the pulp is removed, we clean the tooth to remove any traces of bacteria, then seal the tooth. After treatment, we usually restore the tooth with a crown.
Modern root canal therapy is performed under local anesthetic and is no more painful than getting a tooth filled.
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