They’re often spoken of in hushed tones, as if there’s something serious about them. People take a day off of work just to get one done. Root canals are a big deal, and they’re not a dental procedure to be taken lightly. But they’re far from an oral-health ending surgery, as some make them out to be

If you’ve ever wondered what’s really involved in a root canal, you’re not alone. This is a popular question at the dental practice of Robert Hamblin in Provo, Utah. Dr. Robert Hamblin has some answers to these questions that he has asked us to share.

What is it?
A root canal is a process of removing the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth – called the “pulp” – after it’s become either infected or died completely. The pulp is the living part of your teeth that helps it produce more enamel and fight against cavities.

Why would I need one?
Most people only need a root canal in extreme cases. When a tooth gets infected so badly that the pulp has actually died, then you’ll need a root canal. And if your tooth is infected, but not yet dead, a root canal may be a recommended course of treatment to ensure the infection doesn’t spread to your other healthy teeth.

How can I avoid one?
The easiest way to avoid needing a root canal is to practice great oral health habits – like brushing, flossing, and regular mouthwash use.

We’d much rather see you in our office for a regular cleaning than a root canal. If you need more information, call us today at 801-377-7200.

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