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While the term root canal actually refers to the 'canal' through which nerves travel, the specialty dental care procedure itself is called root canal therapy. Since many people are not aware of what the procedure entails and why it is needed, we've included a brief overview on root canals below.
Inside each tooth is an area called the pulp which runs down to the tip of the root. The pulp is responsible for carrying nerves and providing nutrients to the tooth through a thin division called the root canal. When the pulp is infected, bacteria enters the area and the pulp tissue can become damaged and/or die. This causes increased blood flow, thereby resulting in pain. Without a root canal, the dental infection can spread and might result in tooth loss or other serious health complications.
The root canal therapy procedure involves removing the diseased tooth pulp, reshaping the root canal, and filling the cavity with standard filling material. Depending on the situation, the area may be sealed temporarily, left open to drain or sealed altogether. In addition, medication may be inserted into the area to prevent the growth and spread of bacteria.
For the most part, root canal therapy is relatively painless. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the area, and pain medication may be used before and after treatment. In most cases, dentists recommend a dental crown after root canal therapy.
Dental crowns are ideal for teeth that have lost their normal shape and size. They can help protect a weak tooth from breaking and can help support a large filling if there isn't enough of a tooth left.
A crown helps strengthen and improve the appearance of a tooth and is usually recommended by a dentist to patients whose teeth are cracked or broken down. Your dentist may recommend crowns for covering teeth that are discolored or badly misshapen as well. Most often, dental crowns are recommended following root canal therapy on a decayed tooth.
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