Root canal (endodontic treatment)
At Mag-Dent Dental Center, our aim is primarily to help you keep your natural teeth all your life. However, a damaged tooth may develop a cavity.
A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the tooth enamel. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to its structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, the dentist can perform a root canal (or endodontic treatment) thus preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity.
A root canal is a procedure that extracts the pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler. If you have a damaged tooth, an endodontic treatment (or root canal) is an excellent option to preserve it. By so doing, the dentist helps save a tooth that, in the past, would have been extracted.
A tooth that has had a root canal treatment can have dental caries just as any other tooth. That is why it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene in order to keep this tooth for a long time. It is also recommended to strengthen a devitalized tooth by placing a crown on it.