Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy, often referred to simply as a "root canal," is a dental procedure designed to treat a tooth that has become infected or severely damaged. The procedure involves removing the infected or damaged pulp (the innermost part of the tooth) and then cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing the tooth to prevent further infection.
In many cases, a tooth that has undergone a root canal will need further restoration to strengthen it and restore its function. This often involves placing a crown on the tooth. The crown protects the tooth and allows it to function like a natural tooth.
Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure and is highly effective in saving teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted due to infection or extensive damage. It can alleviate pain and discomfort associated with tooth infections and restore the tooth's functionality, allowing the patient to continue using it for biting and chewing. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are essential to maintaining the health of a tooth that has had a root canal.