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Your oral health is one of the most important things in your life. It’s an indicator of overall wellness, in addition to ensuring you have great confidence and self-esteem. Usually, this means you have a dazzling smile, which has been proven to be connected to great self-esteem and confidence.

Sometimes, though, bad oral health care can result in serious problems. A solution to some of those problems is a root canal. While you may be familiar with the term, quite a few people aren’t as familiar with what the root canal process entails. Let’s take a look at it today.

What are they?
When you go see a dentist to get help with treating an infected, decaying or otherwise damaged tooth, a root canal is only recommended if it’s absolutely necessary. A root canal is a process of removing the pulp from inside of your tooth, which also removes any infection. Dr. David Barry, Dr. James Barry, and Dr. Mark Barry will usually remove the pulp by removing the top of your tooth. That means you’ll likely need a crown or bridge afterward to restore the tooth’s look and function.

When do I need it?
You’ll likely only need a root canal is there’s no other way to save your tooth. Removing the pulp effectively kills your tooth, which is why a root canal is so serious. Often, it’s the only way to make sure that your tooth decay stops and doesn’t spread to other teeth.

The team here at Barry Family Dental in Orem, Utah, is here to help every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to call us today for any questions. We can be reached at 801-226-0441.