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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment (also called a root canal) is performed when decay will likely damage or has already killed a tooth. The procedure involves removing the pulp from the center of the tooth and filling the pulp cavity to prevent the development of an infection that may spread to other teeth.

Root canal treatment can be used to resolve many different types of nerve-related tooth problems. For example, this same fix is used when a tooth’s nerve tissue is acutely inflamed, dying or even dead.

Although each of these conditions seem to be different, what they all have in common is that they involve (or will involve) a situation where the tooth’s nerve space contains contaminates that will ultimately leak out of the tooth’s root tip and persistently irritate (inflame) the tissues that surround it.

The purpose of the cleaning aspect of root canal therapy is to remove as many of these irritants (or items that will degrade into irritants) as possible. These items include bacteria, nerve tissue, the organic debris left over from the breakdown of nerve tissue, and bacterial toxins.