A root canal is a procedure in which we remove the nerve from a tooth and fill the resulting space with a non-reactive filling material. Root canals are used most often in order to save a tooth where a deep cavity or trauma has caused the nerve inside the tooth to fail and become inflamed (and infected in some cases).
After a root canal is completed, it’s important to finish the process of saving the tooth, and the key is making sure that the tooth is sealed-off, so that bacteria can’t get into the canal and re-infect the tooth. Practically speaking, this means that after a root canal is done, we place a seal over the opening of the canal as well as a temporary crown to protect the tooth. We will sometimes place a post in the tooth if there isn’t much remaining tooth structure, and we will almost always place a crown (cap) to restore the tooth back as close as possible to its original shape, size and function.
If you remove a tooth, you are also losing the supporting bone around it. Aside from the esthetic considerations of missing a tooth, if you extract the tooth instead of having a root canal and a crown, the bone in the area of the extraction may resorb to the point where you can no longer have a dental implant. So, in addition to preserving your tooth, a root canal helps to keep your mouth healthy by maintaining bone.
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