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Will a root canal save my tooth?
Root canal therapy is a procedure usually performed by an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating the tooth pulp. In most cases, root canal treatment is used as a last resort to save a tooth that is severely decayed, infected, or seriously damaged.
How Does a Root Canal Save a Tooth?
The root canal is the interior of the tooth, and is filled with vascular, nervous, and connective tissues, which are collectively referred to as the tooth pulp. This part of your tooth provides the blood supply and the nerves that help you feel heat and cold, as well as pressure while you bite and chew. Unfortunately, sometimes this area of the tooth becomes infected, or the tooth is damaged, leaving the pulp exposed. Infection in the tooth pulp can be extremely uncomfortable, since the tissue includes nerves.
Root canal therapy removes all the infected tissue from the tooth’s interior so it won’t spread to other teeth or into your jawbone or facial bones. The nerve that serves the tooth is also removed, so there is no longer any sensation. The discomfort you’ve been experiencing will go away, but you won’t be able to sense temperature or pressure with that individual tooth anymore. After the procedure is performed, the tooth is fitted with a crown so it is functional and can withstand the pressure and stress of biting and chewing.
Why Would I Need Root Canal Therapy?
If your dentist recommends root canal therapy, it’s probably because it’s the only way to save your tooth. The pulp is severely infected, or the tooth has become so extensively decayed that bacteria is filling the root canal chamber. The tooth might be severely cracked from repeated restorations, or broken off from an accident. Any of these situations would require the tooth to be extracted if root canal therapy were not available to save it. With the procedure, though, you’ll be able to keep your tooth, and it will function just like it did before.
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