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Do you know what a root canal is? Why you need one? Or what they do?

If you answered no, you’re not alone. A lot of people are in the dark, so to speak, about what root canals do, why they’re necessary, and when you may need one. While they’re certainly not our favorite procedure to perform – since a root canal is only done to remove an infection from a tooth – they’re preferable to pulling your teeth completely.

Dr. Stephen T. McInerney has years of experience with root canals and has passed that knowledge on to the staff at Root Canal Specialists, PC in Bingham Farms, Michigan. We’ve decided to share some of that with you today, so you can better understand root canals.

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 248-540-9191.