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If the dental pulp in the root canal of a tooth becomes infected, our dentist may recommend a root canal. During root canal treatment, the infection is removed from the root canal (or canals) of the tooth and the tooth is sealed.

Symptoms
Sometimes, there will be no noticeable symptoms that a root canal is needed. Often, however, tooth pain will be present. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and may be worse when you bite down on the tooth. Another common symptom is prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods. The gums may also become swollen or tender near the infected tooth. Contact our dental office right away to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms. To lessen discomfort and swelling, apply an ice pack to the face in the area of the discomfort.

Procedure
When you come in for your root canal in Orem, Utah, our dentist will examine the tooth and take X-rays. The tooth and the surrounding area is numbed with a local anesthetic. The infected dental pulp is removed from the tooth. The area is then cleaned thoroughly. The tooth is then sealed with gutta-percha. Depending on the specific case, a dental crown may be placed.

After the Procedure
After your root canal treatment, be diligent with your dental hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. In addition, visit our office at least twice a year for your routine cleanings and exams.

We encourage you to contact Merit Dental at 801-375-9511 today to learn more about root canal therapy and to schedule a visit with Dr. Dennis DeLoach.