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What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure used to treat a tooth that has a damaged or infected pulp (the innermost part of the tooth). The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes infected or damaged due to decay, injury, or other factors, it can lead to severe tooth pain and other complications.

During a root canal procedure, the dentist or endodontist (a specialist in root canal therapy) removes the infected or damaged pulp from the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned, disinfected, and sealed to prevent further infection. In some cases, a dental crown may be placed on the treated tooth to restore its strength and function.

The goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Root canals are common and generally well-tolerated by patients due to the use of local anesthesia. After the procedure, patients may experience some mild discomfort, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

It's important to note that avoiding or delaying necessary root canal treatment can lead to more severe pain, swelling, and the potential spread of infection to other parts of the mouth or body. If you are experiencing tooth pain or suspect you may need a root canal, it's crucial to consult with a dentist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.


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