Root canal, also referred to as endodontic therapy is a specialized procedure recommended for patients requiring treatment for infections involving the nerve of the tooth. Your tooth consists of two main parts. The crown of the tooth, which is the part of the tooth visible in the mouth and above the gum line, and the root or roots which are below the gum line, surrounded by the jawbone. Inside each root is a canal which contains the nerve and blood supply.
A root canal procedure allows the patient to retain and restore a tooth that would otherwise require extraction. Endodontic therapy removes only the injured pulp or nerve from the root canal system. The tooth functions normally following the root canal procedure because the supporting structure (bone and gum tissue) remains intact.
When endodontic therapy is performed, the patient is given a local anesthetic Novocaine delivered in sufficient quantity to render the affected tooth and surrounding area profoundly numb. Nitrous oxide sedation is often administered in conjunction with a local anesthetic to ensure a pain free experience. Following the completion of the root canal a cap or crown is recommended to prevent fracture of the remaining tooth and ensure the long-term viability of the tooth.
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