No one likes the idea of having a root canal. The reason for that is reputation: like it or not, root canals are associated with pain. At Cascade Endodontics in Orem, we are happy to tell you that the bad reputation of root canals is way overblown. They don’t really hurt, and in all likelihood will save the infected tooth.
Root canals become necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected. The procedure, known technically as endodontic therapy, removes the infected tissue, which consists of nerves and blood vessels.
Keep Your Teeth!
Sometimes when patients hear the word “infected,” they think: can’t it just be treated with medicine, like antibiotics? The reasoning here is sound enough, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. Bacteria that causes tooth infection are within the tooth’s root canal system, where antibiotics cannot reach.
The only option besides a root canal is is extract the infected tooth. This is always a last resort. Even with advances in implant dentistry, it is far better to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible.
Sometimes the pain from the tooth infection goes away, and patients think the root canal is no longer necessary. But pain can sometimes diminish or disappear as the pulp begins to die. The infection is still there.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097