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Root Canals in Idaho Falls

Fix Damaged or Diseased Dental Pulp

What Is It?

An opening is made through the crown of the tooth and into the pulp chamber where the nerve is removed. All canals are cleaning ensuring that the entire nerve is removed, and the infection and bacteria has been cleaned out. Medication may be placed depending on the severity of the infection allowing the tooth to fully heal before the final material is placed in the root and the tooth is fully sealed. Depending on the tooth and the amount of natural tooth structure missing a crown or large filling will be needed to ensure an adequate seal to protect the root canal.Antibiotics are sometimes needed if the infection has spread.

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Do I Need It?

Root canals address disease and injury to the dental pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains the blood vessels and nerves that innervate the tooth. When the pulp is diseased or damaged it needs attention. This can occur if your tooth becomes cracked or damaged as well as if you have an existing filling that is large or a deep cavity. If you have any pain or sensitivity to hot or cold or discomfort on chewing you may need a root canal.

Experts in Non-Surgical Root Canals

Our Idaho Falls root canal service enables you to keep a tooth where damage, or potential damage, to the dental pulp has begun. Although some people may find root canals to be one of the scarier general dental procedures, we can assure you there is nothing to be afraid of.

When you schedule your visit to our Idaho Falls location, we will help you to understand what a root canal is and if you need it. We will also answer any questions that you may have as well as educate you on some of the myths about root canals.
When you have a bad or broken tooth, many symptoms that are common indicators that you need a root canal may start forming.

Symptoms indicating you may need a root canal include (but are not limited to):

Is your tooth extremely sensitive to cold or hot water liquids or food? When you touch it, do you feel a sharp sense of pain? In some cases, pimples on the gums may even start forming; or the gums may become swollen.

Persistent Pain
Not all tooth pain necessarily means that you need a root canal, but you should always consult with a dentist if you are having tooth pain.

That being said, long lasting deep pain in the bone or tooth is a common indicator that you may need to consider a root canal. The pain may always be there or go away for a while - but it always comes back.

Tooth Discoloration
If the dental pulp is infected or damaged, the tooth may become discolored. A grayish-black color of the tooth is common when the pulp has “died” and deterioration of the tissue begins.

Again, tooth discoloration is not always a sign that you need a root canal, but is a common symptom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Root Canals

With modern advances one of the greatest fears about root canal can be dispelled, a root canal is not painful. With our current advances in anesthetics, the level of discomfort is no greater than having a filling placed.

Does Root Canal Cause Illness?

There is no validated scientific evidence that root canals cause you to contract a disease in other parts of the body.

Better To Pull The Tooth Than Have a Root Canal?

We always advocate keeping your natural tooth or as much of the natural tooth whenever possible. A root canal allows you to keep the tooth.

Are There Alternatives?

Yes, if the tooth is beyond repair or if the patient prefers, we can extract the tooth in question and place an implant. An implant is a great option as well, as is done routinely.

Are Root Canals Connected to Cancer?

No, that is a myth. It comes from Weston Price who ran poorly conducted experiments. He believed that toxins in a root canal cause cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. Modern dentistry has proven Price wrong on all accounts.

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