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Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that is used to
repair and rescue a damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, and filling the space with a special material to seal it and prevent future infection.

Root canal treatment may be necessary if the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected or damaged due to a deep cavity, cracked or broken tooth, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or trauma to the tooth.

The procedure typically involves several steps. First, your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth using a local anaesthetic. Next, a small hole will be drilled in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals. The damaged or infected pulp will be removed using special instruments, and the root canals will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Once the root canals have been cleaned and shaped, they will be filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, which helps to seal the canals and prevent future infection. The opening in the tooth will be sealed with a temporary filling, and you will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to have a permanent restoration (such as a crown) placed on the tooth to restore its strength and function.

Root canal treatment has a high success rate and can save a damaged or infected tooth from needing to be extracted. If you think you may need a root canal treatment, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to prevent further damage or infection.

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