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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is also known as endodontic treatment. This procedure is the process of removing infected or dead pulp from the inside of your tooth. The dental pulp is made up of nerves and blood vessels that help your tooth grow and develop. When bacteria enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed.

Using very fine dental instruments, your dentist will remove the pulp by cleaning and enlarging the root canal system. After the canal has been cleaned, your dentist will fill and seal the canal. Then your tooth must be restored to look, feel and work as much like a natural tooth as possible. Your dentist will use a permanent filling or a crown to restore your tooth. A molar will likely need a crown because chewing puts a great deal of force on back teeth. If there is not enough of the tooth left, posts may be used to help support the crown.

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