Root Canal Treatments

Root canal treatment or endodontic therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed every year. This simple procedure can save your natural tooth from being extracted. Also, may prevent the need for replacement via an implant or bridgework.

Root canal treatment is needed for two main reasons. The first is infection. An untreated cavity is usually the most common cause of an infection. The decay eats away the enamel and dentin of the tooth until it reaches the inside of the tooth, the root canal. This allows bacteria to infect the pulp. Antibiotics may be given but will only temporarily take care of the problem. The inflammation caused by the infection reduces the blood supply to the tooth. The reduced blood supply also keeps the pulp from healing.

The second cause to have a root canal would be trauma or a fractured tooth. The tooth may not have enough structure left to restore, therefore needing a root canal to build upon.

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