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You’ve probably heard that getting root canal therapy is no picnic. Many people are scared when they hear they need one. Fortunately, because of modern medicine, having root canal therapy is probably not as bad as you’ve heard. In fact, receiving root canal therapy usually feels similar to having a cavity filled. Still, do you ever wonder what happens during this important treatment?

Typically, you’ll need to have root canal therapy if the center of your tooth–which is also known as the pulp–is damaged or infected. Your pulp can’t repair itself, so if you don’t address the issue in the center of your teeth, the problem could spread to your roots, making root canal therapy a necessity.

During this treatment, our dentist will remove any diseased pulp, then clean and seal the area. Next, our team will create a restoration for your tooth. If you care for this restoration well, it could even last a lifetime. You typically won’t have to do anything more than brushing and flossing regularly.

Do you know what you can do to recognize the need for root canal therapy? At times, the need can be difficult to diagnose, especially since the afflicted nerve’s tooth could die. If this happens you may not feel any pain. We recommend visiting our dentist at least twice a year for a routine checkup. You may also need to visit our team if you experience any pain or sensitivity to hot or cold.

If you’d like to learn more about root canal therapy, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Paul L. Evans, please don’t hesitate to contact Paul L. Evans, DDS at 530.273.4442. We’re eager to hear from you.