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Root Canal Therapy vs. Extraction

Brunette woman smiles in a dental chair before her tooth is saved by root canal therapy

Typically, it’s best to save a tooth when you can. Toot canal treatment is usually chosen over extraction, though there are sometimes valid and necessary reasons for tooth extraction.

A Tooth-Saving Procedure

Unfortunately, root canal treatment has a bad reputation that is rooted in myth and outdated information. It is in fact an incredibly important dental procedure that preserves the integrity of your natural tooth and relieves pain! If you have decay or damage to your tooth that affects the pulp within the tooth, that tooth may be in trouble. That’s where root canal therapy comes in.

Inside Root Canal Therapy

When you get a root canal procedure, Dr. Bailey will numb ...

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Are Root Canals Painful?

Brunette woman sits in a dental chair before root canal therapy in Fredericksburg, VA

For many patients, root canals are the scariest dental treatment they can think of. Movies and TV shows depict the procedure as painful and intimidating. Thankfully, modern root canals are not something to worry about! In fact, you’ll feel much more comfortable after your treatment since it will eliminate the cause of your pain.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Inside each tooth, there’s a soft center full of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This soft bundle is called the pulp. Root canal therapy is a treatment for when a tooth’s pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to injury or tooth decay. Pulp inflammation and infection can cause pain, sensitivity, and ...

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Root Canal Therapy FAQ

Brunette young woman smiles brightly after root canal therapy while standing in a green and yellow meadow

If you need root canal therapy, you may feel worried because you've read or heard negative things concerning the procedure. Here, we’ll explain what root canal therapy is and debunk some common myths.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

If bacteria has reached the inside of your tooth and damaged the sensitive pulp and nerve, you'll need root canal therapy. This is a procedure that is used to preserve a damaged tooth that is badly decayed and/or infected. An abscess is when a small pocket of pus develops from an infection. ...

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