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Are you new to root canals? Not to worry, our team is going to give you the basics on this common dental treatment. But first, what exactly is a root canal? A root canal is a treatment often performed by dentists to repair a tooth that is severely decayed or infected.

The root canal often refers to the natural cavity located within the center of the tooth. Within the center of the tooth lies the pulp, a soft area in the root canal, and the tooth’s nerves. In a root canal treatment, the nerve and pulp are removed from the inside of the tooth, where it is then cleaned and sealed to prevent any further damage.

Common signs that you need a root canal include: severe tooth pain when chewing, prolonged sensitivity, pain to hot or cold temperatures, discoloration of the tooth and swollen or tender gums.

Root canal treatment is more than 95% successful. Many teeth that undergo a root canal can last a lifetime. It’s important of course to still care for your teeth by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months for examinations and dental cleanings.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding root canals, please give our office a call today at 801.756.5136!