It might just be one of the most dreaded sentences you could hear in a dental office, “You need a root canal”. But did you know, many of the factors surrounding the fear and anxiety associated with root canals are based on myths and entirely untrue. In fact, most patients find a root canal relieves them of pain rather than causing extreme pain as they’re portrayed in movies and television. A root canal is usually a last attempt to save a tooth before an extraction becomes necessary. So, not only can a root canal be a good thing, it’s also not nearly as bad as everyone thinks.
When infection or inflammation spreads into the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may become necessary in order to save the tooth. This can happened when a simple cavity goes untreated for too long or when a crack, fracture or chip in the tooth allows bacteria to enter the pulp and become infected.
In a root canal, the area is first numbed using anesthetic. Then, the pulp is removed from inside the tooth and the area is cleaned thoroughly to remove any traces of infection and prepare the tooth to be filled. Lastly, the tooth is filled using a rubber-like material to strengthen the tooth and keep any future decay from occurring.
By the time most patients need a root canal, the infection or inflammation in the tooth is usually causing them extreme pain. A root canal is often a much appreciated relief from the pain they’ve been living in for sometimes weeks or even months. Most patients report little pain during the procedure thanks to the advances of modern dentistry and anesthetics.
If you think you may have an infected tooth and you may need a root canal, please call us today at 623-748-5162.