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 almost every circumstance, a dentist will recommend protecting your natural tooth if it is a viable option. This is the main reason root canal therapy is recommended. In reality, if your dental pulp—or the inner layer of your tooth—is infected, you only have two options remaining: extract the tooth or have root canal therapy. Given these options, root canal therapy is the preferred choice. But, root canal therapy is also recommended rather than suffering from the temperature sensitivity and pain associated with infected pulp.
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 to be comfortable during their recovery. In just a single day we can treat your infected root canal, alleviate discomfort, and save your smile.
If you are interested in learning more about root canal therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us today!