If you’ve had a root canal before then you may wonder about its efficacy, what to expect for recovery, and if you’ll ever need one again. If you’ve never had a root canal before then you may wonder about the benefits and drawbacks of the procedure, the purpose of the procedure, and perhaps whether or not you need one on a tooth that may be causing you trouble. Well, let’s get into everything you need to know and into the truth about root canals. 

Why are root canals done?

Root canals are recommended by dentists for patients that have tooth decay that is bad enough that the decay has reached the pulp of the tooth. The pulp of the tooth contains nerves and therefore dentists will opt to remove the infected parts of the tooth so that you won’t have to feel further pain from the decay. 

How can I avoid a root canal?

The best way to avoid getting a root canal is to practice good oral hygiene. This means you need to brush and floss regularly, rinse after eating, and avoid as many unhealthy foods as you can.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Only a dentist can tell you for certain if a root canal is their professional suggested treatment plan for a tooth that you are worried about. However, there are some things that you can pay attention to and watch out for that are indicators of tooth decay. If you have swelling on your gum near a tooth, if you have a bad taste in your mouth, if you a bad toothache or sensitivity then it certainly time for you to see a dentist. 


Root canals are relatively safe procedures that can ease you of your pain and discomfort when it comes to your teeth. If you have questions, concerns, or are worried about the state of one (or any) of your teeth then contact Gentle Dentistry today and we can help you find more ways to keep your mouth healthy.