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When a patient experiences root canal pain in 31401 it means that the soft inner core of the roots, the pulp, has become infected. The pulp is surrounded by a harder layer of dentin, which is further protected above the gum line by the tooth’s enamel and below the gum line by the cementum. A crack or chip in these outer layers can allow bacteria and debris into the pulp and infect it. Often the pulp is been infected because a larger area of decay has withered away the tooth’s enamel and dentin exposing the roots. Our doctors must remove the infected pulp before the infection gets worse. A root canal starts with our doctor numbing the tooth and the surrounding area and then drilling to remove any surface decay and to expose the tooth’s root system. Once the roots have been exposed our doctor will use miniature tools to remove all the pulp from the tooth’s roots. A mature tooth can survive without its pulp getting its nourishment from the surrounding tissue. Once the pulp has been completely removed the canals are sealed with a rubber-like material to prevent re-infection.
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