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Root Canal Treatment


General Dentistry

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure used to treat infected or damaged teeth. It involves removing the damaged or infected pulp inside the tooth and replacing it with a filling material. The pulp is a soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, and it can become infected or inflamed due to tooth decay, injury, or repeated dental procedures.

How does it work?

During a root canal treatment, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth and make a small hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. They will then use special tools to remove the infected or damaged pulp and clean the inside of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the dentist will fill the space with a rubber-like material and then seal the tooth with a filling or a crown.

Root canal treatment is typically performed in one or two appointments, depending on the complexity of the case. After the procedure, the patient may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. With proper oral care, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, a treated tooth can last a lifetime.

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