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Root Canals In Sandy, Utah

What are Root Canals?

A root canal is a procedure that removes the infected dental pulp from deep within the tooth’s roots and replaces it with a filling material that will protect the teeth from further damage. At Fort Union Family Dental, our dentist will perform the root canal to save your natural tooth rather than extract it.

If left untreated, infected teeth can be extremely painful and lead to dangerous health complications due to bacteria in the mouth spreading to other body parts through the bloodstream. This can result in tooth decay, gum infections, or total tooth loss.

Our dentist will use local anesthetics to numb your mouth before the treatment, so you won’t feel discomfort during the procedure. Once they remove the infected portion of your tooth, they will fill the gap left behind by the removed tissue with a particular material to promote healing within the tooth. Then, they’ll seal it up to protect it from further damage. The final result is a tooth that’s both healthier and that functions like normal.

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The Advantages of Root Canal Treatment

A patient who has received a root canal has avoided tooth extraction, which would have significantly affected the health and appearance of the gums and surrounding teeth. This is especially true for a molar tooth, which is used to chew food and helps keep the jawbone strong and healthy by stimulating the flow of nutrients to the area. Losing a molar can weaken the jaw over time. Furthermore, cosmetic issues could develop if the neighboring teeth shift to compensate for the missing molar, such as misalignment or gaps between the teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can also benefit from treatment with endodontics.

Is a Root Canal Procedure Painful?

Many patients worry that having a root canal will be very painful. Modern technology and techniques have made the process far more comfortable than it used to be. Patients report that it’s just as uncomfortable as a filling or crown procedure and that they can return to work the day following the appointment. Most patients are unaware that the process is even happening at all! On the other hand, an infected tooth can be extremely painful when left untreated and may even lead to other health problems such as heart disease or stroke.

So, if you are experiencing any pain in your mouth, do not delay in scheduling an appointment with your dentist. They can perform a quick examination and recommend the best treatment options.

Follow all aftercare instructions carefully to ensure you get the most out of your treatment. That includes quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice daily and flossing daily.

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Don’t put off treating your infected tooth any longer! For the best dental care tailored to your needs, visit Fort Union Family Dental located at 8915 S 700 E Ste 103, Sandy, Utah 84070, or call (801) 562-2147.

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