Doctor's Notes on Root Canal Abscess Surgery Symptoms, Signs, Causes, Treatment Steps, and Cost
A root canal is a dental procedure performed to help save a natural tooth that has become diseased or infected. During this procedure, the pulp of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels, is removed. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Root canals typically happen because the damage to the pulp of the tooth can lead to infection.Pain is a common symptom of an infection or abscess in a tooth that would require a root canal procedure. Associated symptoms can include swelling of the face, neck, or head and bone loss in the jaw around the area of the affected tooth root. In severe cases, drainage of pus into the gums and soft tissues of the cheek can occur. The root canal procedure is done under anesthesia and typically relieves the tooth pain.
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