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Root Canals

A root canal is necessary when: the nerve and blood supply of a tooth is disrupted by trauma, a deep cavity, or infection; if there is not enough tooth for a restoration; or the individual suffers from a toothache.

A root canal allows the individual to keep the tooth. The alternative to a root canal is an extraction.

A root canal is usually a longer appointment duration.

Root canal treated teeth are usually more brittle and more susceptible to fracture. Consequently, a crown is usually necessary to restore and stabilize a root canal treated tooth.

Not all teeth requiring crowns need a root canal, but most teeth requiring a root canal need a crown.