A root canal procedure is performed to help save the root structure of your existing tooth so that it may ultimately support a crown. This prevents extractions, which will leave you with missing teeth that may require more costly treatments down the line, such as implants or bridges.
During a root canal treatment, a local anesthetic is applied to the affected tooth and surrounding area, a small hole is drilled through the top of your tooth into the inner chamber where the infected tissue is removed. The chamber is cleaned out and filled with an elastic material and medication to prevent further infection. After, the hole is filled, a crown will most likely be needed to permanently fill the hole. Most patients experience little to no discomfort.
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