If you have learned you need a root canal, your first reaction may be: oh no! Then you may start to wonder, just what is a root canal, anyway? In this post from Cascade Endod0ntics in Orem, we’ll explain this common procedure.
First, though: don’t worry! Millions of root canals are done every single year. They have the reputation of being painful, but let’s get that out of the way right now: in modern dentistry root canals are not much more painful than having a cavity filled. In fact, since the tooth being worked on is probably inflamed and already causing you pain. A root canal will relieve it.
Inside every tooth is soft tissue called pulp, which contains nerves and connective tissue. The pulp goes from the crown of the tooth down to the root. This tissue is housed in spaces called canals.
Sometimes bacteria gets inside the inner tooth through a cavity, which is a hole in the tooth’s enamel. This bacteria begins to erode and infect the tooth. If it reaches the pulp it can cause tooth destruction, inflammation, and a lot of pain.
The Root Canal
A root canal, which is known formally as endodontic treatment, involves removing the infected pulp. Once it’s out the inner chamber is disinfected and sealed to prevent further infection. The tooth is restored with filling material and may also need to be crowned.
Technically the tooth is dead at that point. But it can stay in place and be fully functional for many years to come.
If you have persistent tooth pain that isn’t improving, you may need a root canal. At Cascade Endodontics in Orem we have performed countless root canals and dental surgery. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today!
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097