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Torrance Root Canal

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To most people, when they hear the term root canal, chills run up and down their spines. A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or that has become infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal itself. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.

A tooth is made up of three parts:

  1. the enamel, which is the hard outer coating of a tooth
  2. the dentin, is a softer, bone like material that supports the enamel, and
  3. the third part called the pulp, which is soft tissue at the center of the tooth.

A root canal usually will require more than one visit to the dentist or endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of dental pulp, or the nerve of the tooth. Some are refered to a Torrance Root Canal Dentistry center.

Root canal treatments are highly successful; the procedure has more than a 95% success rate. Many teeth fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime.The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.

Saving your natural teeth is the very best option, if possible. Your natural teeth allow you to eat a wide variety of foods necessary to maintain proper nutrition, the way nature intended.

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