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Root Canal Procedure

Root Canal ProcedureIn a healthy tooth, the innermost pulp layer containing the nerves and blood vessels for the tooth is intact. This pulp tissue keeps the tooth vital.

 

 

 

 

Root Canal Procedure 2When root canal treatment is performed, an opening is created through the top of the tooth to gain access to the pulp. The decayed tissue and infectious debris is cleaned out of the canals using small files.

 

 

 

 

Root Canal Procedure 3Dental decay can cause the pulp tissue to die, creating toxic byproducts. The bacteria cause pain and pressure and eventually an abscess forms.

 

 

 

 

Root Canal Procedure 4Once the canals have been thoroughly cleaned and are free of bacteria, they are sealed with a filling material and usually the abscess will heal. A temporary filling is used to dose the opening in the tooth until the final restoration is placed.

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