How many root canal procedures are performed in a year? Can you make a wild guess? Statistics show that in the U.S., nearly 40,000 root canal procedures are done every day–that’s approximately 11 million root canals in a year. When done right, root canal therapy combined with the application of a dental crown or a filling can last a lifetime.
Root canal therapy is recommended for patients whose dental pulp has been infected. The term ‘root canal’ describes the part of the tooth that houses cells, nerve tissues, and blood vessels. When this chamber is infected, your dentist will have no choice but to perform a root canal to stop the infection from spreading and to save your tooth.
The procedure is pretty straightforward! It involves three steps:
Root canal therapy is a restorative procedure that will typically promise favorable outcomes. The pain you’ve experienced from the infection and swelling should disappear right after the treatment. However, this does not guarantee that the rest of your teeth will be safe unless you take good care of them by brushing and flossing regularly and making an appointment twice a year for dental checkups and cleanings.