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Root Canals

What is a Root Canal?

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

Are Root Canals 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. Root canals save teeth that otherwise would be highly undesirable and costly to lose.  It is wise to weigh all the options to replace a diseased 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 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.