Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root.

Repairing the root canal can save the entire tooth. The other alternative is to extract the tooth entirely. However, leaving an empty space may create other problems, like making chewing and biting more difficult. Teeth may also shift their position if missing teeth are not there to hold the space.

Extracting the tooth and replacing it with a denture, bridge, or an implant will cost significantly more than a root canal.

A tooth that has been treated with root canal will be fragile, unless protected by a crown.

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