A root canal is necessary when the pulp (what is found inside your tooth) is infected or inflamed. Pulp can become infected by deep decay, trauma to the tooth, chips or cracks in the tooth, or multiple procedures done on the tooth such as fillings.
The root canal procedure cleans out and disinfects the infected pulp and replaces it with a rubber-like material. A crown or filling closes up the space or canal created by the procedure. After the procedure the tooth should function as normal.
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