Root Canal
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Root Canal Treatment or Endodontic Treatment, deals with diseases of the tooth's pulp. The pulp is found in the center of the tooth and in canals inside the root of each tooth. Root canal treatment is needed for two main reasons. The first is infection. An untreated cavity will erode the enamel and dentin of the tooth until it reaches a root canal. Bacteria infects the pulp and antibiotics can not get to the infections inside the teeth. Reduced blood supply also keeps the pulp from healing. The second reason for a root canal is damage to the pulp that can not be repaired. A fractured tooth or excessive restoration such as several fillings placed on the same tooth can damage the pulp.

 

If root canal treatment is not performed, an infected tooth may need to be extracted. Having root canal treatment does not mean that the tooth will need to be extracted in a few years. Once the tooth is treated, it typically lasts the rest of your life.

 

Common Symptoms of Pulp Infection

 

  • It hurts when you bite down or touch the tooth
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Swelling near the tooth
  • Discolored tooth
  • Broken tooth

 

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