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Root Canal Therapy

Teeth are not all pearly white. Inside each tooth lies a slender strand of "pulp" which contains nerves and provides nutrients to the tooth. This pulp reaches all the way down to the tooth's root. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth's nerves die and often, without endodontic treatment, the tooth dies as well. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth. During the procedure (performed under anesthesia), a small opening is drilled into the tooth's crown and pulp chamber, diseased pulp is reshaped or removed, and the tooth is permanently sealed with a gold, tooth-colored, or porcelain crown