It is not uncommon to feel uneasy if your dental provider recommends a root canal. It is a procedure intended to treat damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. Thousands of patients benefit from root canal procedures every day, and millions of teeth are saved.

The hard layer beneath the white enamel on your teeth is known as dentin. Even deeper within your tooth there is the pulp. The pulp is where all the nerves and tissue of your tooth connect. Not to mention, the pulp is the site where root growth occurs, and teeth develop.

A root canal is an endodontic treatment, but it is remarkably like simple procedures, like crowns and fillings. In fact, a root canal often takes only a couple of visits to Dr. Joseph M. Boesch and his wonderful staff. They make getting a root canal seem like next to nothing. Plus, they make it their goal to get you brandishing that pleasant smile as soon as possible.

Reasons for a Root Canal

Although many people associate a root canal with a tooth extraction, there are many cases where saving the original tooth is the best course of action. Also, saving an existing tooth with a root canal has several other advantages, such as increased chewing ability, improved aesthetic appearance, and protection from general “wear-and-tear.”

In any case, a root canal procedure becomes necessary when your pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Of course, there is a wide variety of reasons where a root canal may be necessary. For instance, deep-seated decay can be a primary motivator for someone to undergo root canal treatment. Additionally, faulty crowns are often to blame when a root canal becomes necessary. Finally, cracked, chipped, or broken teeth can be prime factors leading to root canals.

Asking Never Hurts

If you are unsure whether you need a root canal, check with the offices of Dr. Joseph M. Boesch. The friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff in Rockville knows a thing or two when it comes to treating your mouth. So, if you recently experienced trauma, have been experiencing tooth decay, or just been into the office one-to-many times, a root canal may be for you.

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