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Root Canal Treatment in Greenwood, IN

What is a Root Canal?

A Root Canal is a type of treatment to repair and save a decayed, damaged or infected tooth. The root canal procedure involves removing the damaged nerve of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. A common cause affecting the pulp is a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. The term “root canal” comes from the cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root.

Is A Root Canal Safe?

The American Dental Association and The American Association of Endodontists state that root canals are a safe procedure that cannot cause any systemic diseases. A tooth that has had a root canal is dead tissue. No medical specialty leaves dead tissue in the body. With treatment we can save teeth that otherwise would be highly undesirable and costly to lose.  It is wise to weigh all of the options to replace a compromised tooth before arbitrarily choosing a root canal. Teeth that are structurally compromised, especially in young adults, may be best handled with an extraction and implant replacement.

Does my tooth need a Crown after a Root Canal?

If your tooth is structurally damaged or in an area of stressful function, it may require a dental crown. Teeth that are structurally sound may only need to have the access hole created to complete the root canal sealed with the proper filling material.

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