Root canals involve unique measures that protect teeth with damaged nerves. When infection, decay, or trauma impacts the nerve tissue inside, a tooth will start to die and eventually decompose. Fortunately, endodontic procedures such as root canals can preserve the tooth and keep it stable for several more years.
Getting a root canal is a lot like having a filling, but the process takes longer because a larger area is being filled. Once the cavity is removed, the nerve inside the tooth is also taken out. Then the open canal is thoroughly cleaned, medicated, and sealed off to prevent the chance of reinfection.
Thanks to modern anesthetics and technology to make the treatment more efficient, having a root canal done is a relatively straightforward process. The overall length of treatment depends on the tooth, as some have more roots than others.
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