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If you’ve ever had a friend or close family member get a root canal, you’ve likely heard some stories about this procedure. Most of them center around how much one hurts, but with advancements in the dental field, you can rest assured a root canal can be the best solution if your tooth is suffering from infection.

What most people don’t know, though, is that you can avoid ever needing a root canal in the first place. But to do that, you need to understand what a root canal is, what causes them, and when you may need to have the procedure performed in the first place.

Today, we’ll explain answers to all of those questions.

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. 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. Eliot Tokowitz and the rest of the team here at Sheffield Square Dental Care in Chicago, Illinois. 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 773-880-2310. We will be happy to give you the service you need for your best smile! Feel free to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates and events!