Root Canal (Endodontics)
Root canal is a procedure performed when the innermost part of the tooth “pulp” (nerve/blood vessels) is irreversibly damaged or inflamed, dead or infected. The affected pulp must be removed and root canal treatment is carried out to retain the tooth, which would otherwise need to be extracted.
The most common causes for the inflammation or death of the pulp include:
- deep decay
- repeated dental procedures on the tooth
- a crack or chip in the tooth
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