Ancient History? Root Canals Then and Now


A root canal is a specialized dental procedure that becomes necessary when a tooth is infected or inflamed. At Cascade Endodontics in Orem, they are one of our specialties.

It may surprise you to learn that the first root canal was performed more than two thousand years ago. Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient skull with evidence that people were draining the root canal area, even removing and covering a tooth’s pulp.

The procedures used way back then were, undoubtedly, a far cry from what we can do today. And yet the basic idea is about the same.

The first modern root canal instrument was made in 1838, and it has evolved into more sophisticated tools. A major step forward in root canals, and dentistry in general, was the introduction of X-rays and anesthesia methods in the early 1900s. The result of these innovations were more accurate and more comfortable procedures. The American Association of Endodontists was formed in 1943.

At Cascade Endodontics in Orem we offer our patients root canal treatment that is safe, reliable, and most of all, comfortable. We also provide toothache relief, and sedation dentistry for patients coping with dental anxiety. If you have any questions about the health of your teeth, contact us today.

Jon Jenson DDS
Cascade Endodontics
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097