Most of us have heard the term 'root canal.' Unfortunately, most people don't know what it means. A root canal is a means of removing diseased or infected nerve tissue from the center of a tooth in order to save it from being removed completely.
When tooth decay progresses to the point of invading the center of a tooth, the result is a toothache. That is because the pulp (soft tissue in the center of the tooth) contains blood vessels and nerve fibers. Before a root canal is done, your dentist will perform a thorough examination and take x-rays. After the offending tooth is located, a small hole is placed on the chewing surface of the tooth. This allows access to the canals where the pulp can be found. Special instruments are used to remove the diseased pulp. The canals are filled and sealed to keep bacteria out. A crown is then placed on the tooth to protect it from fracture, and to improve its appearance.
Complete healing from root canal therapy usually takes two-three days. With a 90 percent success rate, though, many patients find it to be a good choice. Visit our Forest Hills, NY location to find out which dental solution will work best for you.
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