Root canal treatment, also referred to as endodontic therapy, is an effective and safe treatment for teeth whose pulp has become inflamed or infected. It can also be required in other situations to help save and restore a tooth.
Root canal treatment is the process of removing infected or injured tissue (pulp) from inside the crown and roots of a tooth. Once cleaned, the canal is disinfected, shaped, filled and sealed with natural rubber-like material called gutta percha. The opening of the tooth is then sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling to prevent future infection.
In some instances, your dentist may recommend treatment be completed by a root canal specialist, called an endodontist.
Frequently a crown or “cap” is placed on the affected tooth following root canal therapy to properly restore and protect the tooth from further damage, this is completed at a separate appointment.
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