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  1. Root Canal Therapy PROCEDURE If your tooth's nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, or damaged by trauma, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth. Step 1 After the tooth is anesthetized, an opening is made through the crown into the pulp chamber. Inside the hard outer shell of each tooth is a specialized area called the pulp or nerve chamber. The pulp chamber contains a system of blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves, the pulp, which enter from the bone through the root canals. This system provides nourishment for the cells within the tooth. Step 2 The length of the root canals is determined. Deep tooth decay or other injury can cause damage to or infection of the tooth pulp. In a root canal or endodontic treatment, the dentist removes the damaged or infected pulp and replaces it with a special filler which helps maintain the remaining tooth structure. Step 3 Unhealthy pulp is removed. Canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped. Step 4 Canals are filled and sealed. A Metal post may be added for structural support or to retain restorative materials. Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be: Step 5 The tooth is sealed with a temporary filling. Usually a gold or porcelain crown adds further protection. • Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting. Sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone. • • The material used to fill your root canal will probably last you a lifetime, but eventually the filling or crown may need to be replaced. ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ 1111 W Valley Road * Appleton WI 54915 * (920) 733 - 1111