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What Is Root Canal Therapy?

A root canal therapy involves the treatment of an inflamed pulpal tissue of a diseased or infected tooth. This pulpal tissue is comprised of blood vessels and nerve networks. Each tooth has its own blood and nerve supply.

This pulpal tissue is located inside the narrow space situated in the center of the tooth root or roots. This space is referred too as the canal of a single rooted tooth like a central incisor or canals of a multi-rooted tooth like a molar.

Most molars will have at least three canals and some may have four or more! You can visit to know more about root canal therapy.

When the pulpal tissue becomes irritated or damaged due to prolonged dental caries activity or from a traumatic blow or injury, an infection of the pulp usually takes place. This infection may be acute or chronic depending on the circumstances that caused the infection or damage initially.

One of the more common causes of tooth nerve damage is trauma. The traumatized tooth initially may become loose, painful and eventually tightens up but then discolors (darkens). The teeth usually involved in this type of situation are the maxillary (upper jaw ) anterior (front) teeth and less commonly the (lower jaw) anterior teeth.

If you ever notice that someone elses front tooth or teeth are dark in colour, you could safely assume that a particular tooth has been traumatized.The dental profession refers to this type of tooth as a non-vital, chronically infected tooth without any painful symptoms.

Traumatized teeth can remain dormant and in a chronic state for years without causing any pain and therefore not requiring any form of treatment immediately. While other traumatized teeth may result in an acute situation where root canal therapy is required ASAP.

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