10 Truths About a Root Canal and Its Role as a Tooth-Saving Therapy

The root canal has always been the most dreaded therapy among the usual dental treatments, but it has always been surrounded by many misconceptions. Here are ten truths about the therapy, to dispel myths and to help you appreciate the importance of root canals:

1. It can eliminate dental pain.

Infection causes pulp (the soft tissue inside teeth) to swell, which primarily irritates the nerves surrounding the tooth and causes pain. The purpose of root canal therapy is to remove those infected or abscessed pulp to eliminate the painful sensations.

2. It is often done with a dental crown or filling.

After the diseased tissue is removed and the teeth is cleaned, a dental filling will be used to seal the tooth, or a crown can be customized and fabricated on the impression to protect the healthy tissues.

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