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Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp consists of nerve that provides sensation to the tooth and blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the gum tissue, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

The injured or infected pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anaesthesia and may be completed in two or three visits depending on the treatment required. Root canal therapy is successful in 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, we inform you at the time of consultation, or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.

 

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