The term “root canal” strikes fear into the hearts of many that hear it. You probably imagine scenes of people screaming in movies or children crying as they run out of the dental office. But it’s the 21st century – dental techniques have been refined considerably and we all know we shouldn’t believe everything we see in the movies. Here are a couple of reasons you shouldn’t be afraid if your dentist says you need a root canal treatment:
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is going to remove your pain, not worsen it. You’re getting a root canal for a reason; most likely, you have a bad infection that is causing you pain. With a root canal, the dentist will remove the infection or abscess from the bottom of your tooth by drilling into the tooth and removing the infected pulp. The dentist will then irrigate the area to remove any leftover pulp, fill the tooth (usually with a latex-based material) and add a crown.
After the treatment is over, you can say goodbye to the horrible pain that has probably been haunting you since you first got the infection.
In the past, root canals frequently involved several trips to the dentist. Also, dentists didn’t have computers and other tools to help them. Nowadays, technology and special equipment play a huge part in dental work. You’re not just depending on a dentist’s eyesight to ensure your root canal goes smoothly anymore; you have operating microscopes, digital radiography and advanced endodontic tools which make the treatment easier and more efficient for the dentist. Thus, allowing quicker recovery and little to no pain.
Pain management practices have improved vastly over the last few decades too, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. With local anesthetic, the only pain will be a slight sting when you’re first injected with the numbing solution. From there the rest is smooth sailing.
If you put off getting a root canal, there’s a chance that your tooth will have to be removed completely. With a root canal, you can save your tooth and have a crown placed on it, which will last for decades. The best part is that people will never know you had it done in the first place!
If you’re experiencing toothache and think you might need a root canal, contact Sunridge Dental Care today. As an affordable dental practice in Albuquerque, you can trust us to take care of your teeth at a reasonable price with professionals you can count on!