There probably isn’t a more feared phrase in the dental industry than “you need a root canal.” But the truth is, this procedure is routine–and it doesn’t have to be anxiety-producing. Let’s take a look at the procedure and try to dispel some of the common myths that go along with it.
At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to a:
An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth
If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.
When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.
If you 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. 801-734-9076.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097