We’ve all heard the phrase “about as much fun as a root canal,” and gained a vague understanding of the procedure as a vastly unpleasant one. As a result, receiving news from your dentist or gum specialist about your impending need for a root canal can be downright terrifying. With a bit of understanding, the entire process of a root canal procedure can be demystified, which may reduce much of your anxiety and fear.
Dispelling Root Canal Myths
Because the phrase “root canal” has become so culturally intertwined with miserable experiences, it’s not uncommon for patients in need of the procedure to find themselves shying away from having it completed. The fact of the matter is, a root canal can actually relieve excruciating tooth pain and save an endangered tooth. Most patients report that the root canal procedure is no more painful than the experience of having a filling replaced, which means the reputation root canals have earned is an altogether unfair assessment. A root canal will repair badly decayed or infected teeth, which can be excruciating. When people refer to the pain of a root canal, they’re typically thinking of the pain caused by the underlying issue which created the need for a root canal in the first place.
What Does a Root Canal Entail?
During a root canal, infected or inflamed pulp inside your tooth is removed to facilitate the cleaning and disinfection of the tooth itself. After cleaning, the tooth will be filled and sealed, then protected with a crown or filling. At the end of the procedure, you will find your tooth performing and functioning just as effectively as any other tooth, without the pain to which you have been accustomed.
If you’re suffering from an inflamed or painful tooth, don’t let fears of the dreaded root canal prevent you from seeking treatment. Your dentist can help to save your tooth and put an end to your oral pain with a relatively simple procedure, one which doesn’t deserve it’s poor reputation.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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