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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. That makes sense as to why so many people want to avoid a root canal. But do you even know what it is?

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. We hope this will help highlight any need you may have for a root canal.

What is it?
A root canal is a procedure when a doctor 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 kill its host tooth, and then move quickly to surrounding teeth.

When do I need it?
The only time that Dr. David J. Harsant will recommend a root canal is if there’s no other way to save your tooth. This is a last-resort step since it’s never a good idea to kill part of your body. Often, it’s a last-resort treatment.

What happens next?
If you end up coming into David J. Harsant, DDS, PA here in Fayetteville, North Carolina, 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. Dental crowns, bridges, and implants are some of the most popular fixes our team performs after a root canal.

Regardless of what you need, we’re here to help. Give us a call today at 910.864.4646 for more information.