Root Canals

Teen woman pressing her bruised cheek with a painful expression as if she's having a terrible tooth ache.

Root canals don’t have to be scary, in fact, they get a bad reputation. They are meant to take away pain and infections of teeth that are salvageable. They can be needed if a tooth is too worn, has a large cavity, or has been subject to trauma. The nerve chamber is accessed through a tiny hole and cleaned out. From there a thermoplastic material is used to fill and seal off the center of the tooth from the base of the root. When the tooth is root canaled, it becomes more brittle due to the lack of blood supply flowing through the nerve chamber. Because of this, a crown is recommended to help prevent cracking, breaking, or chipping the tooth.

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