How Safe Are Root Canals?

You can find a lot of good information about root canals on the Internet. Unfortunatetly, there is a lot of misinformation, too. If a root canal is in your near future, keep reading this post from Cascade Endodontics in Orem, and you’ll be reassured there is nothing to worry about.

Root canals become necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected. Left untreated, the infection may spread to the root of the tooth and lead to inflammation called an abscess. An abscessed tooth can be extremely painful. Even worse, it could result in the loss of the tooth.

The Procedure

Root canal treatment removes infected tissue from the inside of the tooth, in an area call the canal, or root canal. It is cleaned out and sealed, and often topped with a crown.

Afterward the tooth will technically be dead. It is going to be more brittle, too, which is why it’s covered with a crown. But it will be secure in your jaw and fully functional. You can expect it to last for many years.

Root canal treatment has the reputation of being very painful. In fact, the opposite is true. The tooth is probably painful before the procedure; the root canal will relieve that pain.

Pregnant Women

Expectant mothers are sometimes concerned that a root canal is not safe while they’re carrying their baby. Every situation is unique, and we will assess yours before moving forward. But generally speaking, root canals are safe furing pregnancy.

Just being pregnant can bring on unexpected dental issues. Sometimes women don’t realize they need a root canal before getting pregnant. If you are pregnant or planning a family soon, check with your doctor or regular dentist.

With proper care, a tooth that has had a root canal can last for the rest of your life. At Cascade Endodontics in Orem we make sure that each root canal we do is safe. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today!

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