Common Questions About Root Canal Treatment

Published on May 9th, 2019

Many people dread going to the dentist, let alone finding out they need a root canal treatment. It’s important to make sure you know all about the treatment before you go in for your appointment. Check out some of the frequently asked questions when it comes to your root canal treatment. ¿Hablas Español? Llámenos hoy para hablar con nuestros dentistas hispanos.


What is a root canal?

A root canal refers to the tiny and narrow passageways that branch from a central and hollow space in your tooth down to the end of the tooth roots. The space is a pulp chamber. A root canal treatment is a procedure used to save the tooth.


Do I need a root canal treatment?

If you have an inflamed or infected tooth pulp due to decay or injury, the tissue needs to be removed. Removing the tissue stops the infection from spreading and can save the tooth.


Is there an alternative to a root canal treatment?

It’s possible you could have your entire tooth extracted, but it is always better to save the tooth. Did you know that a root canal treatment is routine and has a very high success rate of over 90%? Saving the tooth prevents later troubles like bite problems and loss of jawbone volume and density.

How can I avoid the need for a future root canal treatment?

Always keep your teeth decay-free by brushing and flossing daily. Eat healthily. Your diet should be low in sugar. Avoid acidic beverages such as soda. Make sure you are seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams.


If your dentist tells you it’s time for a root canal treatment, make sure you ask the above questions. Make yourself comfortable going into this procedure. All of our dentists—and dentistas hispanos—are here to help you make you feel your best when you need a root canal treatment. Call us today if you have any questions.

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