Has there been inflammation in the tooth, e.g., due to a cracked tooth, a cavity close to the nerve, or something else entirely that requires root canal treatment? When cavities develop in the teeth, they can reach all the way down to the tooth root, making it easy for bacteria to penetrate to the root. Inflammation can also occur if a tooth has been cracked and left untreated for an extended period. Root canal inflammation is inflammation in the root where there is inflammation near the nerve. Root canal inflammation can be painful, but in some cases, it may not be felt because the nerve is already gone.

How a root canal is performed:

In a root canal procedure, the inflammation is removed. This is done by drilling a hole down to the tooth's root canal, where the nerve is located. There may be multiple canals in the tooth. Then, the nerve and the inflamed root are removed, and afterward, the root canals are disinfected and the inflamed nerve is replaced with an artificial nerve. Once the nerve is replaced, a plastic filling is placed on the tooth. We recommend a crown after about 6-12 months to protect the tooth, as it becomes more fragile after a root canal.

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