Root canal therapy is a very common dental procedure that is used to save teeth when the nerve inside the tooth has become irreversibly inflamed or infected due to decay or trauma. If untreated, infection can progress to the point where the tooth may be lost.
Root canal therapy involves three stages. These stages involve removal of the infected nerve, disinfection of the tooth and sealing off the disinfected area. Because teeth that have had root canal therapy are more brittle, they are usually restored with a porcelain crown to provide adequate reinforcement.
Although a root canal procedure is not generally painful, avoiding major dental work is always preferable. You can minimize your chances of undergoing a root canal procedure in the future by following good oral hygiene practices and paying close attention to your dental health.
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