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Root canals are one of the procedures we’d prefer to not have to do for our patients. They’re not comfortable, and they’re a sign of some serious oral health problems. In fact, if you need a root canal, there’s a chance you may end up needing a tooth extracted as well.

But a lot of folks don’t know what the root canal process looks like. Here at Advanced Dentistry of New York in Jackson Heights, New York we believe that education is a powerful oral health tool. We’ve put this blog together to help educate you on what root canals are, how to avoid needing one, and the role they play in modern dentistry.

Let’s take a look at what some of the broader strokes are.

What is it?
A root canal is the process of removing the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth – called the “pulp” – after it’s become either infected, or died completely. The pulp is the living part of your teeth that helps it produce more enamel and fight against cavities.

Why would I need one?
Most people only need a root canal in extreme cases. When a tooth gets infected so badly that the pulp has actually died, then you’ll need a root canal. And if your tooth is infected, but not yet dead, a root canal may be a recommended course of treatment to ensure the infection doesn’t spread to your other healthy teeth.

How can I avoid one?
The easiest way to avoid needing a root canal is to practice great oral health habits – like brushing, flossing, and regular mouthwash use.

We’d much rather see you in our office for a regular cleaning than a root canal. If you need more information, call us today at 718-313-9987. Dr. Frantz Backer and our team are here for your oral health needs.