Root canal treatment is one of the most openly disliked procedures in dentistry. While we have worked hard to dispel the outdated myth that they are any more painful than other procedures, the team at Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT knows how prevalent this idea has become.
Because of this, it has also become difficult to receive accurate information about the effectiveness of root canals. In order to keep you informed, we wanted to talk about the potentially life-changing opportunity that root canal treatment offers.
The Basics of Endodontics
First thing first: it’s not called a root canal! It’s called root canal treatment or endodontic treatment. It’s also been called root canal therapy or endodontic therapy.
The root canal itself is actually the area being treated, which consists of the hollow space within a tooth that contains the nerves, blood vessels, and other important structures.
The procedure is quite straightforward. When you visit for root canal therapy, the dentist will remove any infected pulp and nerve in the root of the tooth, clean and shape the inside of the root canal using various methods, then fill and seal the space with a tooth-colored material.
The whole time, you’ll be under the effects of anesthesia and, though you might feel some discomfort, the pain will be minimal. Modern dentistry has made painful root canals a thing of the past. Some patients report sensitivity afterward, but it usually dissipates after a few weeks.
The Benefits of Endodontic Therapy
- Maintain your natural smile and reinforce your teeth. Saving the tooth is always a better option than simply restoring it, and root canal therapy makes this possible.
- Continue eating the foods you want. A root canal procedure will provide confidence in your bite and tooth health, making selective diets a thing of the past.
- Limit the need for future dental work. After this procedure, the tooth structure is more secure and dental health is improved, which curtails the need for additional work.
- Trust in a high success rate. According to the American Association of Endodontics, success rate for endodontic therapy is over 95%. In most cases, the improvements last a lifetime!
So, don’t be afraid! Contact Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT for a comfortable atmosphere, an informed team, and a hassle-free root canal experience. We offer a wide range of sedation dentistry options to keep you calm and comfortable during your procedure, and everyone at our office is ready to answer your questions. Request an appointment today!
Jon Jenson DDS