At Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT, we work hard to demystify the urban legend of the painful root canal. One question we get asked a lot is how complicated they are, or how much pain and recovery they entail. Firstly, it’s worth noting that any root canal, intensive or not, pales in comparison to letting a dental issue fester and worsen.
Secondly, we have a few things to say about the simplicity – or lack thereof – of endodontics. Root canals are fast and easy and fast to perform if there is only soft tissue loss at the root apex. However, if there is secondary caries, fracture, secondary osteitis, or other issues, then the procedure can be more prolonged.
If a root canal is performed on a diseased irreparable tooth, our team offers anxiety reduction techniques and topical analgesics to keep you calm, and a deep cleaning to prevent any potential follow-up infections or pain that may result. Our main priorities when performing a root canal are as follow:
- Protection of the vascular and neural tissues of the pulp within the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is filled with vascular pulp tissue within the tooth. It is vital to protect these tissues because they contain important nerve endings that regulate your oral biome. If these tissues are infected, then the result will be inflammation, vascular congestion, and ultimately necrosis and tissue death. This can lead to bone loss.
- Protection of adjacent teeth and gums. Supporting structures such as periodontal ligament and alveolar bone, as well as neighboring organs and neural tissue, can all be affected by decay and cavities. This means whatever condition you are suffering from that merits a root canal might begin to affect your neighboring teeth and gums, causing a domino effect of dental health failure.
- Protection of the patient from pain, infection, or sudden failure of the tooth. Failure may result from fracture of the necrotic tooth structure, or dislodgment of the filling or crown. Furthermore, mental trauma might be incurred from a procedure that is overly uncomfortable. We employ a subtle touch, top-of-the-line dental technology, numbing agents, and responsive, direct communication to prevent both of these negative factors.
- Ensuring an improved overall dental and oral biome for the patient. This one is self-explanatory, but our main mission is always to ensure you never have to visit us again!