Beautiful Smiles Family Dental Center, along with the American Association of Endodontists, is celebrating Root Canal Awareness Week from May 7th through 13th, 2017. Currently in its eleventh year, Root Canal Awareness Week is a time for you to learn the facts about this valuable treatment and how it can help you.

Though many people have heard of root canals, not everyone actually understands what this procedure is, what condition it is meant to treat, or how it could benefit them as a dental patient.

Root canal therapy is the process of removing infection and disease from the root of a tooth. If a root canal is not performed on an infected tooth, the infection could spread to the rest of the tooth and the entire tooth will need to be extracted. During a root canal, the inside of your tooth is cleaned and filled with a filling. After a root canal, your doctor may recommend restorative procedures including a post & core and crown, which will help to return your mouth to good oral health.

When your natural tooth is preserved through a root canal procedure, you retain your natural sensation and bite and can enjoy more effective chewing. Treating a tooth infection could prevent discoloration and disease from spreading to adjacent teeth – this allows you to retain your natural smile!

Did you know that:

  • Modern root canal treatments are virtually painless?
  • Root canal treatments can preserve a natural tooth?
  • Endodontists specialize in performing root canals?
  • Endodontists perform an average of 25 root canal procedures each week?
  • Root canal treatments can relieve the pain of infection deep inside a tooth?

As a patient you can ask your dentist for more information about the procedure, even if you don’t need to have it done right now. Knowing the facts ahead of time can relieve anxiety and help you to be less reluctant to seek this and other types of dental treatment. You can also educate yourself about this procedure and other forms of endodontic treatment by visiting the website of the American Association of Endodontists at

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At Beautiful Smiles Family Dental Center in Etters, Pennsylvania, Dr. Graver and Dr. Koop offer many techniques to help you maintain excellent oral health! We are always concerned about your comfort. Please call us if you have any questions about how our services may benefit you or someone you know.