So…you finally decided to have that root canal done. You’ve never had one before and aren’t quite sure what to expect. After all, root canals seem to have a bad reputation – but is it really true? Here are some simple, straightforward facts about what to expect from your root canal treatment:
Root Canals Don’t Hurt
If you’ve heard that root canals are extremely painful, remember that they are just like any other dental procedure. Most discomfort comes from the injection of the local anesthesia, which keeps you comfortable throughout the root canal treatment. Some people may also experience some soreness from having their mouth opened for longer lengths of time. Your dentist can use a small prop to prevent muscle strain. Because a root canal actually removes the nerve from the tooth, it is physically impossible for the tooth to hurt after the procedure.
You are Saving Your Tooth
A root canal is one of the last lines of defense that you have when saving your smile. Leaving the infection inside of your tooth will cause it to become more severe, spread, and ultimately result in complete loss of the tooth altogether. By removing this infection and sealing off the nerve chamber, you can preserve your tooth for several more years of use.
The length of your appointment will depend on several things: the number of roots being treated, the tooth being worked on and anatomical abnormalities in the tooth. Since some teeth have more roots than others, or roots that are curved, some treatments last longer than others. Likewise, some root canal procedures are quicker to complete!
Having a root canal is a smart choice that can make a huge impact on the health of your smile. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact your dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
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