If the nerve within your tooth becomes infected, successful root canal treatment can keep you from losing the tooth, while treating the infection before it causes health complications. Properly performed, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled, though the procedure is more complex. It involves the removal of infected or dead pulp (the inner nerves and blood vessels) from inside the tooth, and the and sealing of the space.
An infected (abscessed) tooth causes discomfort in the form of throbbing, swelling and toothache. It can also cause severe health complications, because the bacteria from the infection can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body.
One way to treat the infection is to remove the tooth, leaving a gap that often necessitates a dental implant or bridge. It is preferable to save the tooth if possible through root canal (endodontic) treatment. Root canal treatment is typically performed in one visit, although once a root canal is completed, a is usually necessary to seal and strengthen the tooth.
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