In past years, if a tooth had a diseased nerve, the patient would have lost that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure, called root canal therapy, the tooth can be saved. Inside each tooth is the nerve, also known as the pulp, which provides nutrients and feeling to the tooth. It runs like a thread down through the root of the tooth. When the nerve is diseased or injured the tissue around the nerve dies. If the dead tissue is not removed the tooth will get infected and would need to be pulled. The dentist will remove the nerve, clean out the root canal and seal off the tooth to protect it. The dentist will then put a crown over the tooth to make it stronger. Typically, a root canal is a simple procedure with little or no discomfort.
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