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Your oral health is one of the most important things in your life. It’s an indicator of overall wellness, in addition to ensuring you have great confidence and self-esteem. Good oral health leads to a great smile, which makes you more confident in many situations.

Sometimes, though, bad oral health care can result in serious problems. A solution to some of those problems is a root canal. You’ve likely heard about root canals before, but do you know when or why you’d need one? Let’s take a look at that question.

What are they?
When you go see a dentist to get help with treating an infected, decaying or otherwise damaged tooth, a root canal is only recommended if it’s absolutely necessary. A root canal is a process of removing the pulp from inside of your tooth, which also removes any infection. Drs. Wiesner, Wiesner, and Hollis usually do this from the top of the tooth, which means you’ll need a crown or bridge installed afterward.

When do I need it?
You’ll likely only need a root canal is there’s no other way to save your tooth. Removing the pulp effectively kills your tooth, which is why a root canal is so serious. However, it can be necessary to stop the tooth from decaying completely – and from that infection spreading to other teeth.

The team here at A Brighter Smile Dental Care in Shreveport, Louisiana, is here to help every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to call us today for any questions. We can be reached at (318) 688-9330.