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Many people are scared of getting root canals. They’ve heard stories from friends or family and likely has a misinformed opinion about what a root canal is, what it does, and why you may end up needing one.

The truth is that root canals are necessary, and play an important role in some oral health situations.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure where Dr. Samuel Richey has to remove the top part of your tooth (the crown) and then remove the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside your teeth – the pulp. Now, he may not have to remove all the pulp, but he will have to take out what’s infected. Root canals are used to combat tooth infections.

Why would I need one?

Root canals are needed when you end up with an infected tooth. A tooth infection can result from cavities, poor oral hygiene, or an abscess. Regardless of how a tooth becomes infected, the truth is that you’ll need a root canal if you let it go past the point where other preventative measures could have stopped it.

If you think you have teeth that may be in need of a root canal, get in touch with our team at Lighthouse Dental & Orthodontics in Riverton, Utah, today at 801-871-3499.