Is There An Alternative to Root Canals?

At Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT, we specialize in endodontic treatment, and always stress to our patients that modern root canals are no more painful than most standard dentistry procedures. However, we know some people might still be fearful of the stigma.

Often, our patients ask us if there are alternatives to a root canal. The answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no, but we have put together a primer detailing whether a root canal is your only option for different issues. Check this out before you decide on treatment!

Do I Need A Root Canal?

  1. Small Cavity: You probably don’t need a root canal, but you could still be in danger of further damage. A good alternative to endodontics is a thorough dental cleaning and a healthy dental routine afterward. We encourage you to come in for treatment; we will assess if a simple drill and fill could fix your issues.
  2. Large Cavity: If your cavity is large and dark, it’s possible you might need a root canal. But, in some cases, a useful alternative might be cleaning and dental bonding, which could be enough to take care of the issue (if the damage is not too great.)
  3. Pain Around The Gums: This one could go either way! Sometimes pain comes from stomatitis (a simple lesion in the mouth), and sometimes it can stem from moderate or advanced periodontal disease. If you let this spread unchecked, you could end up with broken, cracked, or missing teeth, which would lead to more root canals (and even extractions!) We can help you assess whether your oral pain can be fixed with over the counter medication, or whether it stems from an issue that requires a root canal.
  4. Grey or Discolored Tooth: If the surface of your tooth looks dark and gray, you probably need a root canal. This means the root has died and the tooth could end up falling out.
  5. Serious Dental Pain: If you have deep-seated pain in or around your teeth, you might be dealing with a serious dental issue. You probably need a root canal, and if you ignore it, it could lead to greater problems.

Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT wants to dispel the urban myth around endodontics; they are no different from any other restorative dentistry options! And they can save you from a lifetime of chronic pain, tooth loss, and gum disease. Patients also come to us for traumatic dental injuries and soothe their dental anxiety with our sedation options. Contact us today.

Jon Jenson DDS

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1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT