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A root canal is a when a dental professional removes damaged soft tissue such as the blood vessels and nerves inside the canal of the tooth, also known as dental pulp. When a patient has a severe cavity or a cracked tooth, germs make their way into the canal, thus infecting the soft tissue. Over time, this infection can spread, meaning the patient may have to undergo a tooth extraction.

A root canal can prevent the need for tooth extraction by removing the infected dental pulp and cleaning the canal from bacteria. The canal is then sealed before a crown is bonded to the tooth.

A root canal is essential in preventing the following conditions:

  • Infections
  • An abscess
  • Permanent deadening of the tooth nerve
Written by Dr. Sokolina
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