What Is a Root Canal?

Posted In: Root Canals

root canal therapyOur team knows one thing no patient likes hearing when visiting our office is “root canal.” But what, exactly, is a root canal, and when might you need one?

A root canal is a treatment uses to repair and save a tooth that is infected or badly decayed to the point where the nerve is involved. In the past, if a patient had a tooth with a diseased nerve, dentists in most cases would recommend an extraction. Today, however, with a procedure called root canal therapy, available at our office, you may save that tooth—and your beautiful smile—after all!

Here are some symptoms that indicate a decayed or infected tooth, courtesy of WebMD:

  • Severe toothache pain upon chewing, biting or application of pressure
  • One tooth consistently more sensitive to hot or cold than other teeth
  • Pain that hurts without any stimulus, keeps you awake or wakes you up at night
  • A tooth that feels loose
  • Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
  • Pain that persists weeks following a filling or replacement of a filling
  • Chronic pain and/or pressure that may extend to the ear, eye or neck

If any of these symptoms apply to you, we recommend you schedule an appointment with us right away.

The best way to avoid a root canal is to practice good oral hygiene at home, and that includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing to reduce plaque and bacteria. For more tips on how to avoid root canal therapy or for general questions about your dental treatment, we invite you to ask us during your next visit to our office. If you do suspect you might need a root canal, give us a call. Cascade Endodontics will surprise you with how quickly—and painlessly—we can address your concerns. Call today for a consultation with our knowledgeable and friendly staff. 801-734-9089.

Jon Jenson DDS
Cascade Endodontics
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097
801-734-9089