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A root canal is one of the most commonly-known dental procedures aside from a regular cleaning. But you’d be surprised at how few people actually know what’s involved in a root canal, when you might have to get one, and most importantly, how to not get one.

The answer to these questions is really simple. Today, we’ll take just a few minutes to give you an overview of root canals, helping you round out your education about dental procedures.

What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure in which the pulp of a dead tooth is removed from that tooth. The pulp is the name for the bundle of blood vessels and nerves inside your teeth. The pulp is what gives your teeth “life” and the pulp actively fights against infection and decay.

When that pulp gets infected, however, it can lead to tooth death. If not treated quickly, it will lead to infections of surrounding teeth, and can even cause gum disease.

When do I need a root canal?
Ultimately, the need for a root canal is determined by Dr. Marc Resnick and the rest of the team here at Agreeable Dental Care in Aurora, Colorado. But it’s a procedure only done when you absolutely need it. Removing pulp from a tooth isn’t something to be done lightly, and you’ll usually only have a root canal occur if your pulp is at risk of infecting other teeth.

How do I prevent needing one?
The best way to avoid needing a root canal is to practice stellar oral health. Brush twice daily, floss, use mouthwash, and don’t forget to come in for your annual cleanings and checkups. These are simple, but vital, steps to avoiding a root canal.

For more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at 303-369-7272.