The most common myth about root canal treatment is that it is painful. Root canal treatment does not cause pain- it relieves it! Millions of teeth are saved each year with a root canal.
The fear of root canals stems back to the early days of dental treatment in the 1900’s when anesthesia and modern day instruments were not available. Many family stories have trickled down through the years that a root canal is painful, but in truth, it relieves or prevents the pain from ever occurring. The inaccurate information about root canal therapy prevents patients from making an informed decision regarding their teeth. There are many patients that go as far as requesting a tooth extraction, rather than save it with a root canal.
Root canal therapy is almost always preformed because a tooth is causing pain from an irreversible condition or the doctor has diagnosed the tooth as dying and recommends a root canal before the tooth becomes symptomatic or infected. If the tooth is already sick with infection it has acute inflammation of the pulp that causes swelling and pressure to build inside the tooth and it has nowhere to go.
During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a safe rubber-like material. After the root canal treatment, the tooth is then covered with a crown or filling for future protection. The benefit to a root canal is that it allows you to continue eating your favorite foods, natural appearance, and it protects other teeth from excessive wear that would occur if you had extracted the tooth. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as your other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.
Call our office to make your appointment to discuss Root Canal Therapy in more detail. 972-544-2123