Please let us be the first to tell you that root canals get a bad rap! While they can sometimes sound intimidating, root canals are a great way to restore the health and function of an infected tooth. Having a better understanding of the procedure can help you appreciate its benefits!

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure used to save a severely infected tooth often with large decay affecting the nerve of a tooth. When decay is left untreated, the protective layers of a tooth become worn down, exposing the soft pulp inside of the tooth to infection. A tooth that has suffered trauma may also affect the nerve of the tooth. Root canals are used to save teeth. The procedure removes infected tissue and the tooth is temporarily sealed to allow healing after the treatment.

Without a root canal, infection persists and can even lead to health concerns that affect your overall well-being.

What to Expect During a Root Canal

A root canal is a routine procedure that involves:

  • Numbing the area for your comfort
  • With a rubber dam in place, we prepare an access into the tooth
  • Decay is removed and affected tissue is removed
  • The space is sealed with biocompatible materials

After the procedure, you may experience sensitivity and achiness for a day or two. Our team will be sure to go over all of your follow-up care instructions to ensure a successful treatment!

Are You in Need of a Root Canal in Pennsylvania?

You’re one call away from a healthier smile! Our team at Family Dentistry Group is here to guide you through your dental journey. Let us restore your smile back to optimal health at any of our three convenient locations. Call today to schedule an appointment!