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Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)

What is a root canal?
A dentist may recommend root canal treatment if a tooth is severely damaged or cracked. The operation is required because if the gum disease is not treated, it will spread to other teeth, worsening the pain and causing further tooth decay.
Will my tooth fall out?
The seriousness of your situation will determine your response to this question. If the decayed portion of your tooth is not too severe, your dentist will leave the healthy portion of the tooth in your mouth and fill it in or cover it with a dental crown. If the decay or damage is severe, your dentist may advise pulling the tooth and using a dental implant to replace it with an artificial tooth.
Do root canals hurt?
Although there is a misperception to the contrary, root canals are not painful. Modern medicine has made root canals almost as painless as receiving a dental filling, which is not at all uncomfortable.
How much time does the process require?
Most root canal procedures can be completed in a single dental visit and don’t last longer than two hours. If your issue is serious, the solution will probably require at least two visits to the dentist.
Root canal therapy is performed to save a tooth that has suffered severe damage. Ask your dentist if a root canal can help treat a cracked or rotting tooth to see if the issue can be resolved.

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