Root canals are perceived to be one of the scariest dental procedures around. Despite the perception though, they’re not too different from less frightening procedures like fillings. Root canals can often be completed in one sitting, and the patients can be made more comfortable with the help of a local anesthetic.
So why are root canals needed? A root canal is required to treat an infection of the dental pulp. The infection occurs when there is a crack in the tooth – this is where bacteria sets in. Once the infection becomes bad enough, that is when a root canal is performed; essentially, root canals help to remove the infected pulp.
“Root Canals are so painful!”
Root canals are most likely to relieve pain than actually cause any. By removing the infected tissue, it restores the tooth! Especially with modern technology and anesthetic, there is nothing to be afraid of.
“The post-procedure upkeep is difficult!”
Another myth is that a root canal is a terribly invasive procedure that can lead to infection afterwards and inception of other illnesses within the body. There is no evidence supporting these claims. In fact, prolonging a root canal will allow it to get infected can lead to tooth loss and even blood issues. Not worth it in the long run!
“Maybe I should get my tooth pulled instead?”
Absolutely not! Getting your tooth pulled is not only more traumatic, but there is a higher risk of bacterial infection afterwards. Also, replacing a tooth with an artificial tooth does not give you the feeling of having a real tooth. It also is a much more advanced procedure that will take multiple appointments.
If you have any further questions about root canals or questions about any other procedure, please give Fisher Pointe Dental a call at (313) 882-1490.