Are you dreading an upcoming root canal procedure? You’re not alone.
The words make our patients cringe almost every time we suggest the solution, but there’s really nothing to fear; root canal operations just have rotten reputations! The purpose of this post is to drill through the bad rumors and get down to the truth of the matter, so you know exactly what not to worry about for your appointment.
Root Canal Treatments Do NOT Cause Pain.
Let’s address the most popular rumor first: Root Canal treatments are not half as painful as so many patients believe! In fact, according to the American Association of Endodontists root canal operations don’t cause pain; they relieve it. The AAE claims that the procedure causes no greater pain than having a tooth filled. That’s not so awful, now is it?
So What Does Cause the Pain?
Root Canals are necessary when tissues in the tooth are damaged or infected by an out-of-control cavity or an injury to the tooth (chips, breaks, fractures, etc.) This is typically referred to as a toothache, which should be attended to by a professional as soon as possible in order to rectify the issue and prevent further damage.
If you’re experiencing oral pain, schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist right away.
A root canal procedure is the act of removing the affected area – or in other words, removing the source of the pain, which is ironically affiliated with the actual remedy itself. Seems a little unfair, don’t you think?
Is There a Better Alternative?
This commonly feared procedure is really quite simple and with the advancements in technology and anesthetics, it’s almost entirely painless. If you’re still feeling uneasy about it, you might be considering the alternative option of removing the whole tooth. We’re not the only experts who disagree with this decision!
Preserving your natural teeth is always the best way to go and in this case, it’s also the less expensive option. Having a tooth removed and replaced with an implant or bridge is neither permanent nor inexpensive – especially when there’s a much wiser alternative.
The truth about root canal procedures is that they are a safe, effective way to relieve your pain, preserve your tooth, and save you money.