A root canal is a treatment designed to repair and save a tooth that has become infected or decayed. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed off to prevent further infection. If left untreated, the infection will progress, and the tooth will become abscessed, meaning it has developed a pocket of puss and infected tissue under the tooth. Root canals are performed to prevent infection from spreading under the gum line, and to save the affected tooth from having to be removed and replaced with an implant in the future.
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This procedure is notorious for being painful, however due to advancements in technology over the years, it has become very routine and painless when combined with local anesthesia. Don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions about this procedure.schedule an appointment today at 561.276.6684