Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is a procedure typically performed to alleviate a toothache.  For this reason, they have a bad reputation.  What causes the pain is pressure from a bacterial infection or nerve that is dying and is inflamed.  To get rid of the infection, a root canal is done to begin the healing.  They are a very common procedure that involves removing the nerve from the inside of the tooth root and replacing it with a filling material.  Root canals can be performed by your dentist or an endodontist.  An endodontist is a specialist who limits there practice to performing root canals.  During the procedure, the dentist gets the patient very numb and then makes a small hole in the top of the tooth.  The nerve is removed using a series of files that clean the root out and remove the bacteria.  A filling is then placed inside the root that seals the tooth from getting reinfected.

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