It's surprising how false perceptions about some dental procedures create needless fear and anxiety in some. Root canals have been successfully performed for many years and may help save your tooth when decay occurs. To relieve any trepidations about an upcoming root canal procedure, read below.
Why Are Root Canals Needed?
Preservation of your natural tooth is the key motivation for this procedure. Accidents, lost fillings, and just the usual decay that happens to everyone can create stability issues with a tooth. Most people will know immediately when they have a problem with their tooth mostly due to the part of the tooth that contains the pulp. When the pulp is damaged, it can expose the nerve and that can cause sharp and sometimes agonizing pain for sufferers. A root canal removes the damage along with the nerve so that a full restoration of the affected tooth can be performed. Once a root canal is performed, you won't ever have to suffer from nerve pain at that site again.
It's Not Painful — Really!
Anesthesia has come a long way since the early days of root canal procedures, and there is no need to experience any discomfort during or after a root canal. You and your dentist will get together and come to an agreement on what will be used during the root canal as well as afterward as you recover. The choices are many and can range from numbing shots and anti-anxiety medication to full general anesthesia. Each choice has its advantages and disadvantages. Never put off a needed dental procedure due to fear of pain. There are too many anesthetic choices available for all dental procedures for that to happen.
Are Root Canals Safe?
Another old myth concerning root canals is the infection issue. Root canal procedures are considered minor surgery, but infection control procedures in dental offices have never been better. Your dentist is well aware of the importance of proper sterilization techniques that control the cleanliness of the instruments and the procedure itself. Some patients, though, may need to take steps to address a potential vulnerability with a dental procedure like a root canal. If you have immune system issues, a heart valve, or any artificial joint or device onboard, speak to your dentist about taking prophylactic antibiotics prior to the procedure.
Any potential side effects of a root canal procedure pale in comparison to what could happen if you develop a painful and dangerous gum abscess. Speak to your dentist and get any further questions answered to allay misplaced fears of your upcoming root canal procedure.