What is a root canal?

root-canalRoot canal therapy is an endodontic treatment that may be needed if a tooth’s pulp has become infected or damaged because of decay or injury. If left untreated, the infected tooth will die and require extraction. A root canal in Lindon, Utah, can prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth and restore the health of the tooth, avoiding the need for extraction.

Does a root canal hurt?

Dr. Scott Healey will make sure that your root canal treatment is as comfortable as possible. After the tooth is numbed, the dentist makes an opening in it to reach the pulp chamber. The infected pulp is removed, and the chamber and roots are cleaned out, enlarged, and then shaped. Once clean and free of infection, the pulp chamber and root canal are filled with a rubber-like material. The tooth may need a crown for additional support. One to three visits to our office may be necessary to complete root canal treatment.

Do I need a root canal?

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, your root canal nerve endings may be the source of your discomfort. You may benefit from root canal therapy if you suffer from intense tooth pain, extreme tooth sensitivity, or swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. Call Scott M. Healey Dentistry at 801.653.0099, or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment with our caring dentist today.