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Dr. Shad Ingram and our VIP Smiles team have been helping patients in Syracuse, Utah, with their oral health needs for a while now. Our goal is to support your oral health needs to achieve and maintain healthy smiles.

But what if you are currently struggling with an infected tooth causing you to experience tooth pain? If your tooth is infected or inflamed, you may benefit from our root canal treatment. You see, the center of your tooth holds the tooth pulp. This pulp is made of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves which branch out into each root through canals in the tooth. Thanks to decay, they can become inflamed or infected.

A tooth may become compromised by cracking, breaking, having a deep cavity, injury to the tooth, repeated dental treatments such as fillings on a tooth, and even gum disease. All of these scenarios allow bacteria to enter the pulp and damage the tooth.

At our practice, we generally opt for saving a tooth rather than replacing it whenever possible. A root canal allows us to do just that. And while patients often worry that root canals are painful procedures, not only are root canals similar to having a filling done, they provide pain relief from current tooth pain.

So what can you expect when you come in for a root canal treatment? After X-rays have been taken and we determine where the infection lies, we make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Next, our dentist will set to work removing the damaged pulp, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the space left behind and filling and sealing the area with gutta-percha, a rubberlike material. After a root canal has been performed, the tooth will need either a dental filling or crown.

How can you avoid dental decay and gum disease? Your first line of defense is prevention. Diligent daily brushing and flossing will remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque that can lead to decay. Coupled with regular dental cleanings to remove hardened plaque and tartar deposits, you will be providing the best possible environment for your oral health.

Even after a root canal treatment, a tooth can still be affected by decay and gum disease. This means maintaining good oral hygiene. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a cleaning and exam, please call us at 801-776-3000. Dr. Shad Ingram and our VIP Smiles team in Syracuse, Utah, are here for your smile!