Root canals are a procedure that is designed to save teeth that have been damaged, caused pain or have become infected. The dental pulp is a thin strand of tissue that provides the tooth with nerves and nutrients essential for maintaining the vitality of a tooth. When this pulp is compromised, it can lead to an infection, which is called an abscess. This can cause pain and swelling and become a serious medical problem. By removing the infected pulp and placing a packing, we can eliminate the source of the infection while still maintaining the tooth. A small opening is created on the tooth’s surface to gain access to the nerve, and after the nerve is removed and packed, a dental restoration is placed.
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