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For a safe and pain free root canal visit us at

2332 West 12600 South
Riverton, Utah 84065

When it Comes to Root Canals Safety and Pain are Important Considerations

Getting a root canal isn’t something Riverton residents aspire to have happen. They are usually very painful before the dental procedure and will have some pain during the recovery as well. Not only are root canals painful but they also present risks such as infections.

This was evident when LeAnn Rimes was forced to cancel multiple performances.  On one night Rimes was scheduled to perform, she instead was forced to have a late night meeting with an endodontist.  Rimes had been suffering from pain in her tooth that she had hoped she would be able to cope with until after her tour had ended.  The pain had grown so severe that she decided to have it looked at.  This combined with the possibility of getting a serious infection forced her to concede and cancel shows to take care of her tooth pain.

The lesson learned from Rimes is that it’s always best to have any pain checked out before it becomes a larger problem.  If you start experiencing pain, it’s best to have it looked at as quickly as possible.  While there is never a good time to suffer from an infection in your root canal, putting it off just gives it time to get worse, or even become dangerous.  If LeAnn Rimes had gone in for a checkup early instead of waiting, perhaps something could have been done to limit the severity of the problem.

A root canal is a dental procedure that will fix a tooth by removing the decayed pulp chamber of the tooth and filling it with a suitable material.  They are usually performed on teeth that cannot be restored any other way because the decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth itself has become infected.

One of the biggest potentials for problems with ignoring pain is the increased possibility of infection.  While the chances of infection can be both before and after a root canal is performed having it checked early can lessen the likelihood and severity of any infection.

Many people don’t realize how serious the infection can be.  It’s estimated that more than 50,000 people die each year in the United States from drug resistant infections.  These are so serious that researchers at a University in Jerusalem have been experimenting with a unique way of fighting these infections.  They infect them with a tiny virus called bacteriophages that the researchers claim will fight against infections that can occur with root canals.

Scientists are now using this system to test ways to fight infections resulting from root canals.  They have found treatment EFDG1 which is called bacteriophage therapy, or phage for short.  These are bacteria that infect viruses limiting their threat by eliminating them.  Ironically, this phage is developed sewage effluents pulled from a Jerusalem sewage plant.  EFDG1 has shown remarkable results fighting infections being inserted both in vitro as well as ex vitro.


The best way to avoid infections is ensuring your dental work is performed by an experienced and qualified dentist.  Dr. Wayne Brown located in Riverton, Utah is an excellent dentist if you are needing a root canal or any other type of dental work performed.