If you’ve ever had a friend or family member need a root canal, you’ve likely heard stories about the process, how much it hurt, and how long it took to get back to normal.

While the stories might be partly true, it’s a good thing to do some research and learn for yourself what’s involved in a root canal. Our dentists have years of experience in with root canals and have passed that knowledge to the rest of us here at Salina Dental Arts in Salina, Kansas.

That enables us to better explain to you just what’s involved in a root canal. This will be your guide to understanding root canals, including what they are, how to avoid them, and when you might have to get one.

What is it?
A root canal is the 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, please call us today at 785-823-2472. Drs. Jason Barth, C.A. Ritter, Kerry Carlson, and Maria Wittman look forward to working with you!