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    about us

    Our excellent treatment and modern facility, conveniently located in downtown SLC, is the perfect place to receive superior dental treatment.

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    Dentist

    Dr. Bye attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate degree and then moved to San Francisco.

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    175 S. West Temple, Suite 100
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Patient Education

Root canal / Root canal therapy

What is a root canal?

The root canal procedure is a process by which the Dentist gets deep into the tooth known as the tooth pulp.  This procedure allows the tooth to be saved from extraction in most cases.  The reasons for needing a root canal can be inflammation or deep infection.  The root canal helps the Dentist to find the cause and treat the problem of why the soft core is infected or inflamed.


Why would you need a root canal?

There are many reasons why a root canal is needed.  Some of those reasons are sensitivity to heat and cold, significant tooth pain, tooth discoloration or swelling and tenderness in the gums.  The most common reason is a high degree of decay within the tooth.  The diseased tooth may cause damage to the jaw bone or cause other problems if the infection spreads.  Without a root canal, the tooth may need to be extracted. 


What does root canal treatment involve?

Dr. Bye can often complete a root canal treatment in just one visit, depending on the severity of the infection or inflammation of the tooth in question.  As with most dental procedures, there will be at the very least local anesthesia to numb the area that will need to be operated on.  During the root canal, the dentist will drill into the tooth and remove the diseased pulp.  When all of the diseased pulp is removed, the area is cleaned and then sealed. 


Is a root canal painful?

Root canal procedures have a reputation of being very painful.  However, the pain associated with the procedure itself is not as bad as the pain a person may be experiencing due to the reason the root canal has to be performed in the first place.  It’s no more painful than getting a filling.


How long does treatment last?

A restored tooth after a root canal can last a lifetime in so long as the teeth and gums are taken care of properly.  Follow up visits to the dentist on a regular basis help to ensure that the root canal is still taking care of the tooth the procedure was performed on.  If the tissue around the root canal nourishes the area like it should, there should be no long lasting problems.


Will the tooth need any other special care or treatment?

Following root canal therapy, the tooth will require a crown.  After crown placement no special treatment will be needed.  Just continue to practice good oral hygiene

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