If a tooth has suffered from decay and damage that has progressed past the typical cavity stage, Dr. Lund and Dr. Markham may recommend that you have root canal therapy. A bad toothache could be the sign that you are in need of a root canal. Bacteria eat away at the tissue and dental pulp within a tooth, causing a great deal of pain as it dies. Root canal therapy is a process in which the dentist removes the damaged tissue and dental pulp from the tooth and cleans out the tooth. Once the tooth has been cleaned, it is filled with a medicated material to support the tooth and help it recover. After a root canal, the tooth is often fitted with a dental crown to give the tooth extra support and protect it from further damage.

Many people are anxious and ask if root canal therapy is very painful. The painfulness of a root canal is largely a myth left over from the past when the current technologies and anesthetics we have were not readily available. With today’s modern techniques and medication, root canal therapy is typically as comfortable as a standard filling. Our gentle and caring dental team will also walk you through the procedure and make sure that you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

To learn more about root canal therapy in Provo, Utah, we invite you to contact our office for more information. Friendly members of our dental team at Provo Pediatric Dental are always ready to assist you.