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It’s discussed in hushed tones. Folks don’t know how to broach the subject in public. When you come into a dentist’s office to have the treatment performed, you announce you’re here just to see the doctor.

Alright, we know root canals aren’t that scary. But they are pretty misunderstood. Do you know what one is? Or when you may need to get one? If not, don’t worry. You’re far from alone. So today, we’re going to answer those questions for you.

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. Eric Weinstock and the rest of the team here at Cobb Corner Endodontics, P.C. in Canton, Massachusetts. 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 781-575-9633.