Move Beyond Your Fear of a Root Canal
It is very common for people to fear new and unknown procedures at the doctor’s office. The dentist’s office is no different. One of the most feared procedures is a root canal. It seems that anytime Hollywood wants to add a bit of drama or fear to a dental appointment, they throw in a root canal! The unfortunate matter is that root canals are not a procedure that should be feared, but many patients will avoid the procedure due to what they’ve seen on the big screen. Let’s take a look at what you can actually expect from this tooth-saving procedure.
Inside Your Tooth
A root canal is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes infected. The pulp is the soft tissue on the inside of your tooth. It happens when a tooth becomes cracked, injured, has an untreated cavity, etc. A root canal feels very painful. Some patients will experience severe pain up into their sinuses, others will experience swelling, and some might even develop an abscess. It must be treated quickly and efficiently.
A Root Canal Treatment
In order to end the infection, we must clean the inside of your tooth. We do this in much the same way that we would handle a cavity. We remove a small area of your tooth and use special instruments to clear the dental pulp and clean the dentin tubes. Once the tubes are clear, we fill the inside of your tooth with a special filling material and top your tooth with a crown to seal it from further infection. All of this is done while you rest comfortably in our chair with a numb tooth.
As you can see, a root canal is very similar to having a cavity filled, and most of our patients tell us that it feels very similar! There’s no reason to fear a root canal. The relief from the painful infection will be well worth any anxiety you feel coming into the office. Contact us today to learn more about a root canal. We would love to explain the procedure in more detail so that you know more of what to expect. We can’t wait to help you have a healthier smile very soon!