No dental procedure has the ability to strike fear into people's hearts quite like a root canal. The procedure has become synonymous with serious pain. But the good news is technology has come a long way and root canals are nothing to be afraid of. In fact, rather than causing you pain, they remove the cause of it!
If you do need a root canal, we don't want you to be afraid of the procedure. To help you prepare, here is a breakdown of what you can expect.
When do you need a root canal?
A root canal is necessary when decay reaches the pulp chamber of your tooth and destroys the nerve. The nerve isn't important for the function or health of the tooth – it only allows you to feel hot and cold. Once upon a time the only option was to extract the tooth, but now a root canal can be performed to prolong its life.
Is the root canal procedure painful?
A root canal procedure involves removing the nerve and pulp inside the tooth, then cleaning and sealing the space left behind.
You'll receive a local anesthesia before the work begins – this is usually the most painful part of the procedure!
Once the area is numb, your dentist will begin drilling through the crown of the tooth, then remove the nerve and pulp located in the root. The area is then filled – just like a filling – to make sure infection doesn't return. A crown will be placed over your tooth as added protection.
After your root canal, you may experience some sensitivity as the tooth heals. However, this only lasts a few days and you will be able to eat normally within a week.
What can you do if you're still afraid of getting a root canal?
Even though root canals are nearly painless, some people may still be scared of undergoing the procedure. If this is the case for you, explore the option of sedation dentistry. Conscious sedation can help you relax and receive the treatment you need without fear.
How to avoid a root canal
No matter how sophisticated root canals are these days, it's still better to avoid them completely. Brush twice a day, floss daily, stay away from sugary foods and drink, and check in with your dentist regularly.
Whether you're getting a routine check up or a root canal, City Dentists has you covered. To make sure your teeth are getting royal treatment, make an appointment online today.