Dr. Dan Barrett
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canals

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Good oral health should certainly be a part of your life, but nobody expects you to be a dental expert. That’s why we’re here! No question is ever too small – if it’s important to you, it’s important to us!

At the office of Dan Barrett DMD, we want to answer your questions because the more information you have, the better equipped you will be to make confident decisions. We will always be honest and straightforward with you because you have the right to know what your options are.

Here are a few of the questions we hear most often. If you don’t see yours listed here, just give us a call or fill out our convenient online contact form.

Root Canals

A root canal is needed when infection enters the innermost part of your tooth, leading to destruction of the nerve and tissues. Without treatment, you will experience worsening pain, and eventually the tooth will be lost.

Dr. Barrett understands that root canal treatment isn’t really a pleasurable idea. But it is a procedure that is necessary to prevent tooth loss and relieve pain.

Deep within the root of your tooth is the root canal, which contains dental pulp, tissue, and nerves. If severe decay or periodontal infection reaches this area, you are at great risk for losing the tooth. At this point, the only option we have for preventing tooth loss is root canal therapy.

If you’ve ever experienced the pain of an infected root canal, you know that it can be excruciating and virtually impossible to endure. Getting prompt treatment will eliminate this pain and preserve your tooth.

The purpose of a root canal is to clear away any infection by removing the affected pulp and tissue. Despite all the hype, a root canal is actually pretty straightforward – Dr. Barrett will remove the infection, fill the space with dental material, and seal the tooth. If the tooth has been severely weakened by decay, he may recommend a dental crown to protect and strengthen the tooth.

If you suspect you may need a root canal, please don’t hesitate to call our office. If you are in pain, we will get you in as quickly as possible, usually the same day.

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