Root Canal

Sometimes the pulp inside your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This can be caused by deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or a blow to the tooth. The dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, a crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth to protect it and restore it to full function. Most patients report that having a root canal treatment today is as easy as having a cavity filled.

Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:

* Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting.
* Sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
* Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone.



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