Understanding a Root Canal

If your dentist has prescribed root canal therapy and you’re feeling apprehensive about the procedure, this blog post is for you. Today, we’ll be dispelling the common myths and misconceptions that surround root canal treatment.

Each year, millions of root canals are performed by dentists across the globe to restore smiles.  Now, there are various conditions and symptoms for which root canal treatment might be needed. However, before we get to that, you first need to know what the root canal procedure entails.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure carried out by a dentist or an endodontist to remove infected tissue from under a tooth. The tooth’s nerve ending could also be inflamed, or the pulp could be affected due to previous dental procedures. Facial injury or trauma can also result in cracked or chipped teeth, potentially leading to an infection.

Benefits of Root Canal

The primary objective of a root canal is to get rid of infected pulp and restore natural teeth. If taken care of properly, treated teeth can last a lifetime. In addition to saving you time, a root canal is also more cost effective than a tooth extraction, which generally requires follow-up procedures, such as bridges and implants, which can increase your treatment cost. Most dental insurance plans also cover endodontic treatments as well. If you want to inquire about dental financing at West Hills Smiles, you can contact us.

How to Know When a Root Canal is Necessary?

A root canal can be needed for many reasons, like a cracked tooth, a deep cavity or issues created by an old filling. A thorough dental examination can help your dentist determine if endodontic treatment is needed for your teeth.

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These are the few common symptoms that indicate a root canal may be required:

  • Sharp pain while biting or chewing food
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Puffy or sore gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pimples over your gums
  • Darkened gums


It is advised by the American Dental Association (ADA) that everyone should visit their dentist at least twice a year to detect or prevent any dangerous oral diseases and maintain healthy teeth and gums.  So get in touch with us today at West Hill Smiles and schedule your appointment today!