The word “root canal” has a way of triggering fear and panic in patients immediately, but that reaction actually isn’t necessary. Root canal technology has come a very long way in the past few decades, and it is now possible to undergo a root canal with minimal pain and discomfort. The root canal process is rather misunderstood, so here are a few more facts about root canals that you probably did not know!
Root Canals Save Teeth That Would Otherwise Die
If you need a root canal, it means that your tooth is very infected and on the verge of dying. An infected tooth causes a number of problems, including intense pain and abscesses. By undergoing a root canal, your dentist can save your tooth from further infection and prevent the need for extracting the tooth in its entirety.
A Root Canal “Empties” and Disinfects Your Tooth Chamber
During a root canal, your endodontist will remove the nerve and blood vessels inside of your tooth—called pulp—and replace it with a rubbery material that can’t become infected or inflamed like the original pulp. Imagine that your tooth is a candle with a wick in the middle. Your dentist will remove that wick (the pulp) and replace it with a rubbery material (called gutta-percha) so your tooth can retain its normal functions while remaining safe and disinfected.
You Won’t Be In Agony During Your Root Canal!
The root canal procedure has a very bad reputation for being painful, but in reality, technology has become so advanced that the procedure doesn’t hurt much at all! Endodontists are experts in pain management, so most patients report feeling comfortable during their root canals. In the first 48-72 hour after treatment, you may feel some sensitivity, but nothing that Advil or Tylenol can’t fix!
While getting a root canal will never be as fun as a day at the beach, it is an essential treatment to preserve your smile and save the integrity of your mouth. If you are experiencing significant tooth pain or suspect that your tooth has been severely injured, call (813) 570-6887 to make an appointment at Citrus Endodontics in Tampa, Florida. You will receive one-of-a-kind patient care that will save your tooth.