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A root canal has rumors that it’s very painful, can cause illness, or it’s better to pull a tooth than get a root canal done. These are false! The true facts are that with modern anesthetic and technology you can experience little to no pain, there was research done and no illnesses can be related to root canals, and saving your natural teeth is always the best option. Here at Sachs Family Dental, we strive to provide the best experience for you where you are comfortable.

Root canals are typically needed when there is an infection deep in the tooth from bacteria. An injury or cavity could have left the tooth exposed, and without immediate treatment, you may need a full restoration which can be costly. A root canal procedure consists of the following steps:

– Your dentist will first administer an anesthetic, numbing the tooth. A dental dam made of rubber may be placed first to keep the tooth area dry and clean during the procedure.

– You dentist will then use small tools to access the middle of the tooth creating an opening on top. Any damaged and diseased pulp will then be removed with files. Any remaining pulp will be washed out with water and an antimicrobial solution will kill remaining bacteria.

-The chamber will then be filled with gutta percha, a rubber-like material. While you wait for your permanent crown, a temporary filling may be placed. After the permanent crown is made, it will be placed on top. If your tooth needs it, a post may be placed in the chamber as well.

Dr. Steven Sachs and our dental associates here in Orem, Utah, can provide a root canal service and restore your tooth back to its health. Give our dental office a call today at 801-225-4701 to set up a consultation or make an appointment for your tooth’s restoration today!