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With a success rate of more than 95%, root canal procedures are the most effective way to save teeth that have been compromised by dental decay or injury from extraction.
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Root canal therapy is a safe, popular dental procedure that lets people keep their natural teeth, instead of receiving unnecessary tooth extractions.
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Researchers have found that the soft pulp in the center of a tooth contains a small population of stem cells, offering scientists a new starting point from which to grow human tissue for therapeutic or research purposes, without the need for human embryos.
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According to statistics, in the United States alone almost 41,000 root canals are performed every day; that’s almost 15 million teeth saved from extraction over the course of a year!
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If a tooth feels sensitive when biting down, or when eating or drinking hot or cold items, it might be a warning that either dental decay is present, an infection is brewing or that the tooth has suffered some kind of trauma. The degree of pain you experience depends on the extent of damage to the tooth’s nerve.
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In 1985 archeologists unearthed what may be evidence of the world’s oldest root canal. A 2,000-year-old skull discovered in Israel’s Negev Desert had a tooth with a fine bronze wire, one-tenth of an inch long, inserted into the nerve cavity!
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Soft drinks are especially damaging to your tooth structure when you drink them slowly or over long periods of time, as it exposes your teeth to repeated sugar and acid attacks.
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When traditional root canal therapy can’t save a tooth, endodontic surgery, known as an apicoectomy, may be recommended. During an apicoectomy the endodontist will remove a tiny portion of the end of the root, then carefully seal it to save the tooth and prevent any subsequent problems.
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Nearly 40 million adults in the United States suffer from some degree of dentin hypersensitivity. Cringing when you eat or drink certain foods or beverages, or when a cold wind blows against your teeth, can be due to gum recession or teeth that are worn down from over aggressive tooth brushing, tooth grinding, or chemical erosion from a diet high in acidic foods or beverages.
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Ongoing stem cell research may offer a new approach to endodontic care. Researchers are working on stem cell therapy that may one day regenerate dental pulp that has been damaged by injury or disease.
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