Why are Root Canals so Dreaded?
Root canals are a standard dental procedure often accompanied by feelings of fear and dread. But why is that? Many people fear root canals because they don’t fully understand the procedure. They might have also heard exaggerated tales or stories from someone who had a root canal years ago before advances in technology.
This article will explain root canal procedures and debunk common root canal myths.
So, what is a Root Canal?
A root canal is required when the nerve in a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. The root canal procedure involves removing the infected or inflamed tissue from the tooth. The dentist will remove the infected tissue, clean out and disinfect the canal, and then fill the canal with a rubber compound. They will then do any reshaping needed and then apply the crown.
Myth #1 – Root Canals hurt
If your tooth is infected or inflamed, you will most likely be experiencing pain. Many people fear that the root canal treatment will also hurt since they are already in pain. With advances in medical technology and pain management, the treatment is now comparable to a filled cavity. People who had root canals years ago may have had a very different experience than today.
Myth #2 – It is better to pull the tooth than have a root canal done
A root canal aims to save the natural tooth from being extracted, and preserving the natural tooth is always a priority. You will need an implant or bridge if we must instead extract the tooth, resulting in more appointments and expenses. Saving the tooth via root canal is preferable, as an artificial tooth will not look as natural or be as strong as your natural tooth.
Myth #3 – A root canal takes multiple appointments and many hours
Root canals would take many hours and appointments to complete in the past. Today, with the advances in modern medicine and technology, the process typically only takes one to two visits, depending on the severity of the infection. A custom crown may also be why the root canal treatment would require a second visit to complete.
The Benefits of a Root Canal
Root canals are a standard dental procedure comparable to getting a cavity filled. We can thank research and advances in modern medicine, techniques, tools, and materials for allowing root canals to now be a virtually pain-free and routine procedure. A root canal will save your natural tooth and relieve you from pain and discomfort.
After reading this article, we hope that you will no longer be afraid if you require a root canal procedure in the future.
Northgate Dental – Root Canal Experts
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, contact our team today. We have the expertise to diagnose the cause of your symptoms properly and will consult with you to determine the best and most appropriate treatment plan.
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