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Root Canal Therapy

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that is used to repair and save a tooth that may be infected or decayed.  If a root canal is not performed, then an abscess may form.  An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that can form at the ends of the tooth roots.  In addition to forming an abscess, a patient might also:


  • Feel swelling around the face, head, or neck.

  • Experience bone loss around the root tip

  • Experience drainage problems that extend from the tooth root.

  • Experience severe toothache, prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, and swelling of the gums.


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