Do Root Canals Remove Permanent Teeth?

July 8, 2022 10:48 pm | Published by
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There are a lot of common misconceptions about root canal therapy. Some of the most common misconceptions are that they are incredibly painful and that they remove your natural tooth. At North Richland Hills Dentistry, we want to debunk dental myths and help educate our patients and community so that they can make well-informed decisions for their oral health. Here’s what you need to know about root canal therapy.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is an advanced dental treatment that can repair a severely damaged or decayed tooth. Unlike some myths state, the entire purpose of a root canal is to preserve the natural tooth, not remove it.

How Does Root Canal Therapy Save a Tooth?

With root canal therapy, a trained dentist will make a small hole in the top of the crown. Through the hole, they will access the diseased pulp in the middle of the tooth and remove it. Once it’s successfully removed, they will fill the canals with a biocompatible material. Dentists remove the damaged pulp so that it can’t infect the roots of the teeth and cause the tooth to fall out.

How to Know if You Need a Root Canal

There are signs you can watch out for that may point to root canal therapy. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Prolonged, persistent tooth pain
  • Severe dental injury resulting in broken or cracked tooth
  • Sudden tooth discoloration

Schedule Your Consultation with North Richland Hills Dentistry

If you currently have a dental problem that you’ve been putting off, don’t wait to have it looked at! Whether you’re in need of a root canal or another dental treatment, the sooner you have it treated, the less likely it is to turn into a more serious, complex issue. Please contact our office to schedule your consultation!

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