Dentistry has had a PR problem for years. A big reason behind that has to be the relative mystery surrounding dental problems and the memory of how severe any tooth pain can be. As a result, dental terms like “cavity” and “root canal” have found their way into the colloquial vernacular of the general populace, but most people don’t actually know what those terms mean. Today, we’re going to pull back the curtain and take a closer look at what a root canal is and why someone might need one someday. 


What Is It?

Let’s start with the basics. A root canal refers to a dental procedure that is designed to address an infection that is growing inside of a tooth. The procedure involves the dentist removing any infected pulp and the nerve within the tooth. As a result, the infection is removed along with the nerve that was causing the patient paint. Root canals are incredibly effective and have extremely low rates of recurrence. 


How Do I Know If I Need A Root Canal?  

If a root canal is needed, the patient will be aware. That’s because the symptoms that refer to a problem where a root canal is needed are often very debilitating. Common symptoms include: 

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Swollen gums
  • Discolored gums
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures


What Are The Benefits

The most immediate benefit of a root canal is the relief of painful symptoms. Furthermore, a successful root canal will remove any infection before it has the opportunity to evolve into something more troublesome. Even better, a root canal protects the original tooth and has a positive effect on the surrounding gum and tissue. 


Root canals are one of the most common and effective dental procedures. If you think you need a root canal, we suggest reaching out to your dentist immediately. To learn more visit Don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly to maintain your dental health!



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