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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 all true, do you know what’s involved in a root canal? Many people don’t.

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. This information should tell you if you need a root canal.

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 destroy teeth, including surrounding ones.

When do I need it?
The only time that Dr. Steven Rodriguez & Associates will recommend a root canal is if there’s no other way to save your tooth. Removing the pulp kills your tooth, which is as dangerous as it sounds. Often, it’s the only choice for effective treatment.

What happens next?
If you end up coming into Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Lansing here in Lansing, Michigan, for a root canal, then you’ll have a few options as to what you do next. Usually you’ll need a new tooth to replace the one that had a root canal. Crowns and bridges are pretty popular options, though dental implants are more prominent than ever before.

Regardless of what you need, we’re here to help. Give us a call today at 517-333-3160 for more information.