Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Root Canals

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Root Canals

There are a few pretty universal reactions to the words “root canal,” including cringing, profuse apologies, and someone offering up their own root canal horror stories. It’s no surprise, then, how scary it may seem to hear from your dentist that you may need one. But a little-known fact about root canals is that they’re a common and relatively simple procedure.

Who Needs a Root Canal?

Behind a tooth’s enamel is a soft layer called the pulp, which constitutes the tooth root. If tooth decay isn’t treated in a timely manner, it spreads to the root, making the pulp inflamed or infected. The pulp can also become inflamed or infected due to having had multiple procedures in the past, a damaged tooth (such as a bad chip), or defective crowns. Not properly treating the pulp can lead to extremely painful abscesses. If you can or already have developed an abscess, it’s time for a root canal.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

During a root canal, your dentist or endodontist will first numb the area around the tooth so you won’t feel any pain. They will then remove the pulp and deeply clean the canals to ensure that no bacteria remain there. Finally, they will fill the canals with material that will stabilize and protect the root from infection and fill the rest of the tooth.

The tooth will then need more filling or a crown depending on the state of the tooth. This requires quick follow-up appointments. Sometimes, a tooth will require additional support, such as a post.

Are Root Canals Painful?

If you’ve ever had a filling, you already know what to expect with a root canal. It’s important to keep in mind that the pain you experience from an abscess far outweighs anything you will feel during a root canal, so don’t let the fear of pain stop you from having one. You may experience some sensitivity in the days after your procedure, but it’s only temporary. Dr. McVey a Coeur d’Alene dentist adds that if you are worried about pain you can ask about sedation options.

If you need a root canal, don’t panic! It’s a safe, easy procedure, and you can take comfort in knowing that you are being proactive in protecting your dental health. At Green Tree Dental, we take pride in making your comfort, safety, and health a priority. Contact us to learn more about our root canal services.

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