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A root canal is probably one of the most misunderstood procedures in all of dentistry. It’s associated with pain, discomfort, and unhealthy teeth. While those are true statements, a lot of people don’t understand how to prevent that situation. It’s possible with the right knowledge.

So in an effort to help you become more educated on the topic, we put this post together. We’ll take a look at the different situations in which a root canal is utilized. To help you determine if you need a root canal or not, we put together this post.

What is it?
A root canal is a procedure when a dentist removes infected pulp from inside of your teeth. The pulp is the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels that literally make your teeth live. Infected pulp will lead to tooth decay and death, and it can spread to surrounding teeth very quickly.

When do I need it?
The only time that Dr. Gary Shmurak will recommend a root canal is if there’s no other way to save your tooth. Removing the pulp essentially kills your tooth, which is as serious as it sounds. Sadly, that’s usually the only legitimate treatment option.

What happens next?
If you end up coming into Apex Dental Care here in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, for a root canal, then you’ll have a few options as to what you do next. You’ll want to repair the tooth somehow, whether it’s with an implant or dental bridge.

Regardless of what you need, we’re here to help. Give us a call today at 215-996-9968 for more information.