What You Need to Know about Root Canals

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A root canal procedure, also known as endodontic treatment, is infamously known as a painful dental procedure. However, this is something of a misconception. It is actually a restorative procedure performed by dental specialists to save a tooth from extraction. If your dentist has recommended this procedure at Maple Ridge Endodontics in Spanish Fork, UT, here is what you need to know.

Endodontic treatment: a primer
The root canal is the inner part of a tooth where the pulp is housed. The dental pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels of a tooth. When the tooth develops a cavity or a crack, the tooth can become infected or inflamed, leading to a painful toothache. A root canal procedure removes the pulp, saving the tooth from further damage and the need for extraction.

When do you need a root canal?
Toothache is a common sign of an infected tooth. Your dentist in Spanish Fork, UT will be able to determine the cause, whether it stems from the teeth, jaw, or sinuses. If the cause is determined to be a tooth that has become infected in the pulp, a root canal will be recommended. Common signs that a root canal may be needed include:

.Tooth pain when eating or when light pressure is put on the tooth
.Increased sensitivity to extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
.Inflammation of the gums around the tooth
.Significant tooth discoloration
Failing to treat a tooth with infected pulp can lead to an abscessed tooth, the death of the tooth, or damage to the surrounding teeth and gums.

Is there anything to worry about with a root canal?
Root canals have a high success rate. Like with any invasive procedure, there will be some discomfort following the treatment. However, our goal at Maple Ridge Endodontics is to ensure our patients’ comfort; we use modern techniques and anesthetics to ensure a pain-free procedure.

The root canal procedure
To access the pulp, a hole will be made through the tooth. The pulp and associated bacteria will then be removed and the canal will be cleaned thoroughly. The empty canal will be filled with a biocompatible material to restore the structure to the tooth, then sealed off. The treated tooth is usually covered with a dental crown.

If you are looking for endodontic treatment in Spanish Fork (84660), contact Maple Ridge Endodontics. We can provide the expertise and treatment to restore your oral health.

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