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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal therapy is a dental treatment for removing infection from inside a tooth. An infection in the root of a tooth can often cause moderate to severe temperature sensitivity and/or pain. Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is carried out in the pulp of the tooth, which is the root canal. The pulp is the hollow section of a tooth that contains the blood vessels and nerve issue. The pulp nourishes the tooth and supplies moisture. Nerves inside the pulp detect hot and cold temperatures as pain.

One of the common misconceptions about root canal therapy is that it will be painful. However, the purpose of root canal therapy is to relieve pain. When this procedure is carried out by a skilled dental surgeon, it should be relatively painless in most cases. Any significant pain comes from the infection, not the treatment.

What are the typical steps that are involved in root canal therapy?

  • Cleaning out of the root canal (pulp)

  • Filling the root canal

  • Adding a crown or filling