A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
"Root Canal" is the term used to describe the natural
cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp
chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth's
nerve lies within the root canal.
A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health
and function after a tooth has emerged through the gums.
It's only function is sensory -- to provide the sensation of
hot and cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will
not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
The World always looks brighter from behind a smile.
The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.
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