Root canals or endodontic treatment are used to save a tooth when its pulp or nerve is dead, decayed, or badly damaged.
The whole process consists of removing the tooth nerve and then cleaning and sealing off the root. The tooth pulp or nerve is the tissue located in the center of the tooth that provides it with blood supply. It has an important role during the formation of the teeth, however once they are fully developed, the function of this tissue is mainly sensory. If this nerve is removed, it would not affect the normal functionality of the tooth. However if this tissue is damaged and not treated, it will die producing bacteria which will spread causing tooth decay and infection.
With a root canal procedure, your dentist will be able to save a severely damaged tooth, instead of having to remove it. This procedure is successful in the majority of the cases and accomplished with minimum discomfort.
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