Root Canals in Payson, UT
You woke up in the middle of the night with an aching in your tooth. You know that something isn’t right so you head to our Payson, UT, practice the very next day. Our dentist who does root canals will examine your mouth and then runs some imaging tests to discover that there is an infection inside the tooth. You’ve been told that the dental pulp is infected and needs to come out. To do this, Dr. Warren and Dr. Johnson and the team at Johnson Family Dentistry will need to perform a root canal.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are an endodontic procedure that involves going inside the tooth to remove a damaged or infected dental pulp, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels. To prevent bacteria from spreading into the roots of the tooth and surrounding bones and neighboring teeth, our dentists that do root canals will perform this simple procedure to remove the pulp, disinfect the inside of the tooth and prevent the problem from getting worse. In many cases, this will save the tooth, as it prevents the need for a tooth extraction.
Why are Root Canals Performed?
Once the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected the only way to stop the spread of bacteria is to perform a root canal. Our dental team may recommend this procedure if,
- You have deep, severe, and widespread decay
- You have a cracked or chipped tooth
- You’ve sustained a traumatic injury to the tooth
- You have a tooth that has undergone multiple dental procedures (this can weaken the tooth and leave it susceptible to cracking and fracturing)
Are there Alternatives to Root Canals?
This is not an elective procedure. If our dental team has advised you to get one, it’s because we need to remove diseased tissue from inside the tooth to prevent the problem from getting worse. If you decide to ignore the problem or you don’t treat the issue right away, this can cause widespread damage to the tooth leaving it irreparable and needing an extraction. A root canal preserves the natural tooth structure and prevents the need for additional dental work such as extraction and placement of a false tooth.
We know that no one likes the idea of undergoing any kind of dental procedure, but rest assured that Dr. Warren, Dr. Johnson, and the team at Johnson Family Dentistry are dedicated to providing a gentle and comfortable experience for you. If you’re dealing with a toothache, it’s important to act fast. Call us right away.