Root canals have a bad reputation for being one of the most miserable dental procedures known to man. If you’ve told someone that you’re going to have a root canal done, chances are you’ve had another person tell you what a horrible experience they’ve had. Believe it or not, root canals don’t have to be that way. The truth is, root canals can be just like any other type of dental procedure when performed the right way.
Before your root canal is started, your dentist will numb the area of your mouth with local anesthetic. Just like a filling, anesthetic prevents you from being able to feel your dentist working on the tooth. Most likely you’ll also be given laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to help you relax even further. If you have an increased fear of dental treatment, it might even be possible for your dentist to offer some form of deeper sedation.
Keeping your mouth open for an extended period of time usually causes the greatest discomfort during root canal treatment. Some teeth have more roots than others, which makes the procedure last longer. Front teeth have one root and back teeth have either 2 or 3 roots. To minimize strain on your jaws, your dentist can offer you a rubber bite block to rest your teeth on, relaxing your jaw muscles. Especially complicated root canals may be performed by a specialist, which allows them to be completed even quicker.
You can expect your root canal to be just like any other type of dental procedure – be it a filling, crown, or even a bridge. Your dentist will focus on your comfort level first and foremost, before ever even starting your treatment! But one thing is for sure – putting your root canal off too long will hurt your smile (and your wallet!)
Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
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