Root canal therapy can be a very important treatment. In fact, this treatment may be necessary to save your tooth and to alleviate suffering. Sadly, despite its importance, root canal therapy is arguably the most feared of all dental treatments.
But does this treatment really merit the dread associated with it? Honestly, no. Root canal therapy still has a bad reputation today mostly because of how the treatment was performed in years past—before the advent of modern dentistry.
Fortunately, there are many reasons that you shouldn’t fear root canal therapy. Here are three of the most important.
It can be your best option: In the center of your tooth is dental pulp. Root canal therapy is designed to treat your infected pulp. When the pulp becomes infected, the only options remaining for the infected tooth is either root canal therapy or a dental extraction. Most dentists agree that protecting your natural tooth is the best choice for protecting your smile. Also, when your pulp is infected, your tooth can be extremely sensitive and you may experience an excruciating toothache. In fact, root canal treatment is typically far less unpleasant than living with an infected tooth.
It is typically painless: Scientists have found evidence of root canals being performed in the second or third century B.C. This evidence is a bronze wire stuck in a skull’s tooth. Luckily, root canal therapy has made monumental strides since then. Now, we have anesthesia to ensure that your mouth is numb before we begin. Because of sedatives, most patients who have had root canal therapy describe it as painless.
It will be over soon: It’s natural for patients to worry about how they will feel after their treatment. While it is an understandable concern, we are happy to tell you that most patients only need over the counter pain medications manage their discomfort. Just think, in only one visit, patients can address their pain and discomfort.
If you are interested in learning more about root canal therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us today!