At Cascade Endodontics in Orem, we perform root canal therapy in order to save the patient’s tooth. The procedure has a high success rate, and the result is a tooth that can last a lifetime.
And yet, most people are fearful of having a root canal, because they are associated with pain. The truth is that root canals are not nearly as painful as you might think.
Root Canals, Defined
Root canals become necessary when the patient’s tooth is infected or badly decayed. During a root canal, the pulp of the affected tooth is removed, and the hollow structure inside it is thoroughly cleaned. Then it is filled and sealed. A crown is usually needed to complete it.
At that point, your tooth is as good as new. Since the pulp is gone the tooth technically is dead. But its form and function will be back to normal.
Pain? What Pain?
The reason people fear root canals is their reputation for being painful. Well, that has been greatly exaggerated; most patients say it doesn’t hurt any worse than having a cavity filled.
As a matter of fact, root canals actually relieve pain, because they remove the part of the tooth that was causing discomfort.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097