A “root canal” refers to the hollow space that is in the center of the tooth.

A root canal procedure removes the nerve (which may be dead if it is infected) and the pulp of the tooth. Once the area is cleaned and properly prepared, the tooth is protected with a crown that will save the tooth to avoid complete removal.

How do you know if you need a root canal?

If you have any of the following difficulties:

– Recurring trouble with a tooth

– Severe pain when you chew

– Your tooth is sensitive to hot or cold, or

– Swelling, tenderness or a bump on the gums near that tooth, you could need a root canal.

Importance of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a popular dental treatment for individuals who underwent removal of inflamed or damaged tissues inside the tooth. This is perfect for any who wish to fill and seal the remaining spaces of their tooth due to dental caries, plaque and tartar accumulation. In this way, the entire tooth is saved and the individual can once again enjoy the eating the foods that he or she likes.

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Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. It involves removing the damaged or dead nerve tissues and pus in the root canals of teeth that have become infected.

The infected or dead tissue is cleaned away and the residual canal space is also cleaned and disinfected, and the root canal is prepared so that it can be sealed with a filling. The tooth can then be restored and can remain in function for many years provided there is sufficient sound tooth structure to support a new filling or crown.