What is a root canal?

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A root canal is a procedure that extracts the pulp from the central part of the tooth and filled after proper debridement, in efforts to removed irritated, inflamed or infected tissue and save your natural teeth.

There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including:

  • Inflamed or infected tooth pulp

  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold

  • Caries (cavity)

  • Chipped or broken tooth

  • Trauma

  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth

  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

When left untreated, these problems can lead to chronic irritation or infection, possibly damaging more tooth structure and bone.

The root canal procedure involves the following steps:

  • The patient undergoes local anesthesia.

  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.

  • The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.

  • The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.

  • With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.

  • The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.

  • A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.

  • Following a recovery period, the patient will return to referring dentist for the placement of a permanent restoration.