Root Canals

What’s a Root Canal?

When the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, treatment is vital to the health and comfort of the patient. In the not-so-distant past, the standard treatment for this was to simply pull the teeth. However, with a root canal, the tooth can be saved.

Pulp infection and inflammation occurs when bacteria is able to enter the pulp. Common causes of this include:

  • A crack in the tooth
  • A deep cavity
  • An improper fitting filling
  • Other severe tooth injuries

Infection and inflammation of the pulp must be treated. If they are not, they can cause infection in the jawbone that can lead to other health problems. While it may sound intimidating, a properly executed root canal is not painful and will leave you feeling much better by the time you leave the office.

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