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Reasons for a root canal include:
• Decay reaches the tissue inside the tooth
• Infection develops inside the tooth or at root tip
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay. During root canal therapy, damaged tissue from inside the tooth is removed, eliminating infection and discomfort.
Modern root canals are often completed in one visit and save teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted. Endodontic therapy usually involves little or no pain. In fact, the pain that caused you to need a root canal is relieved by therapy.
Root canal therapy can be highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.