Root canals are a common endodontic procedure performed here at our Lehi Thanksgiving Point clinic. They are important for maintaining oral health and can save a tooth from needing to be extracted. A root canal can be necessary when the tooth’s pulp has been damaged or infected due to decay, trauma, or other causes. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
When the pulp is damaged, it can cause severe pain and infection. Root canals involve:
- Removing the infected or damaged pulp.
- Cleaning the inside of the tooth.
- Sealing it.
Who Can Perform a Root Canal?
Root canals can be performed by various dental professionals, including general dentists, and endodontists. At Thanksgiving Point Dental in Lehi, UT, Dr. Scott Stringham and Dr. John Armstrong are experienced in performing root canals. Their team at Thanksgiving Point Dental uses advanced technology and techniques to provide comfortable and effective root canal treatments.
Root canals are necessary because they can save a tooth from needing to be extracted. Extraction is a last resort as it can cause long-term consequences, such as shifting teeth, jawbone deterioration, and changes in the bite. Root canals can prevent all of these issues and restore the tooth’s function. After a root canal, the tooth can be restored with a crown to protect and strengthen it.
What Can a Root Canal Fix?
Root canals can be used to treat a variety of dental issues, including abscessed teeth, cracked teeth, and deep cavities. If a tooth is severely decayed or infected, a root canal may be necessary to save it. During a root canal, the dentist will use specialized instruments to access the inside of the tooth and remove any damaged or infected tissue. The tooth is cleaned, sealed, and restored with a crown or bridge.
How to Prepare for a Root Canal Procedure
No one looks forward to a root canal procedure, but it can be necessary if you want to save a tooth that has been damaged or infected. However, if you know what to expect during your root canal procedure, you can prepare yourself better and make the experience less stressful.
The first step to preparing for a root canal procedure is understanding its purpose. A root canal is usually necessary when a tooth is infected or has been damaged due to decay. During the procedure, the dentist will access the inside of the tooth to remove any infected material or decay. Then, the tooth is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and sealed with dental cement to prevent further infection.
Once you understand the procedure’s purpose, you must discuss any questions or concerns with your dentist. Make sure you tell your dentist about any allergies or medications you may be taking and any medical conditions that could affect the procedure’s success. It’s also important to discuss the procedure’s potential risks and side effects.
Make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out any necessary paperwork on the day of the procedure. Wear comfortable clothing and avoid any jewelry that could interfere with the procedure. You are able to drive yourself home but if you feel more comfortable you can bring a friend or family member to drive you home.
Root canals are essential for maintaining oral health and can help save a tooth from needing to be extracted. At Thanksgiving Point Dental in Lehi, UT, Dr. Brandon J. Valgardson and Dr. John Armstrong are experienced in root canals and using advanced technology and techniques to provide comfortable and effective treatments. If you are experiencing any symptoms of an infected or damaged tooth, contact Thanksgiving Point Dental to see if a root canal is necessary.