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“Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal. A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory — to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Infection of the pulp can be cause by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible insure or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, our dentists will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This procedure usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required.