Root canal therapy treats disorders in the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. It can save a tooth whose pulp, which contains its nerves and blood supply, is diseased or damaged. Pulp disease usually means that the tooth will be lost unless something is done to save it. Root canal therapy involves replacing the diseased pulp with a substance that will keep the tooth functional.
Reasons for Root Canals
A damaged or diseased tooth will not heal by itself. Without treatment, the infection will spread, bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate and the tooth could fall out. The only alternative is removing the tooth.
After the root canal is completed, you may notice a slight discoloration and brittleness in the treated tooth. In most cases, Dr. Cook will recommend that the treated tooth receive a permanent crown.
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