The thought of a root canal may make you fearful or uneasy if you aren’t familiar with the procedure. For some people, root canal therapy is associated with excruciating pain and anxiety.
People tend to avoid receiving a checkup due to relating dentistry to pain. Dental visits do not have to be painful, so long as one keeps up dental hygiene and regular visits to the professional dentist. The longer you postpone treatment the more you risk the chance to save your tooth, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
So what to expect during a root canal therapy procedure?
First of all, local anaesthesia is administered. Once you are sedated, an anaesthesia is administered to numb the tooth being treated. Where the pulp in the tooth has acute inflammation, it may take a few more minutes to numb this area.
Secondly, a dental dam is put in place. A dental dam is a thin sheet of rubber placed over the affected tooth. It is used to isolate it from the rest of the mouth.
Then access hole drilled. A small access hole is drilled via the biting surface of the affected tooth. The hole allows access to the root canal and pulp chamber for treatment. The infected pulp is removed using special equipment. Remember, that the entire procedure isn’t painful since the area is numb. When the pulp and nerves are removed, the patient will no longer feel pain the tooth.
Finally, root canal filling. The root canal’s first disinfected and then shaped to receive root canal fillings. The fillings have to be carefully selected to fit into the freshly prepared channel. Root canal sealing prevents re-infection of the tooth in the future. A permanent or temporary sealing material’s placed into the access hole and the dental dam removed.
It’s important to note what specific procedure will work best for you. Seek a professional team of dentists for the possible options and ask if a root canal procedure is right for you.
There are a lot of myths about root canal treatment. And The American Association of Endodontists, AAE, disproves several of them about the root canal procedure. One myth is that root canal treatment causes illness. The pain from a severe toothache, often caused by damaged tissues in the tooth, can be easily remedied when an endodontist removes the damaged tissue through root canal treatment. And dentists are experts in pain management, most cases can be treated quickly and comfortably.
Another myth the AAE debunks is that pulling teeth is a strong alternative to a root canal. The truth is that saving natural teeth is the best option. Endodontic treatment is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Nothing artificial can replace the look or function of a natural tooth so it’s important to always consider root canal treatment as an option.
Many people are only anxious because they lack information about root canal treatment procedures. At Avalon Dental Center we believe knowledge creates confidence in patients since they know what to expect thus eliminating fear. That’s why we always take the time to explain our work in full. Don’t hesitate to contact us, we’ll answer any questions and make sure you get the help to feel comfortable with your treatment.
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