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Skipping a Root Canal Could Be Hazardous to Your Oral Health

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If you have a mild toothache, your first instinct might be to ignore it, hoping it will go away. But the truth is that dental pain is never normal, and most dental issues will not clear up on their own. They will only get worse without treatment.

When a tooth is bothering you because of pain or sensitivity, the best step to take is to contact your Chesterfield Valley, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm so he can determine whether you might need a root canal. Although most patients have an innate fear of the mere words “you need a root canal,” there are some things you should know about ...

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Today’s Modern Root Canal Treatment Is Nothing to Fear

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For most people, hearing the words “you need a root canal” is scary. But today’s modern dentistry means that root canals are easier than ever. In fact, most people who have had one will tell you that they are no worse than getting a routine filling.

If you have been told that you need a root canal by your Chesterfield, MO dentist, you might be feeling anxiety about the procedure—but you don’t have to. If you have come to the dentist because of a toothache, you should know that a root canal will eliminate your pain—and it will save your tooth in the process.

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A Reason for Root Canals

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Most people know when they need a root canal because they start off with a mild toothache that quickly escalates to excruciating. This brings most to the dentist to get relief from their pain. And although getting rid of the pain is a mighty motivator, there is a lot more to a root canal.

Let’s take a look at the procedure and why it is sometimes necessary.

Reasons for a Root Canal

Deep inside your tooth is a chamber where you’ll find all of the connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves, or the “live” portion of your tooth. Sometimes infection gets into the area, either because of a trauma or decay, and the ...

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What Should I Expect During a Root Canal?

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The mere mention of the words “root canal” is often enough to send fear in the heart of most people. But what many don’t understand is that the root canal is a fairly standard procedure that is no worse than getting a simple dental filling. Usually, the pain from a toothache that sends people to the dentist is much worse than anything they’ll experience during or after the root canal.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect if you come to our Chesterfield, MO practice in need of a root canal.

Reasons You Might Need a Root Canal

When the pulp of the tooth has become infected, a root ...

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What Can You Expect When You Get a Root Canal?

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For many, the mere words “root canal” sends people to a place of fear and anxiety. Although people fear the root canal, the procedure isn’t actually painful. It’s usually the pain of a toothache that brings people in for root canals in Chesterfield, MO. Local anesthetic given prior to the root canal procedure will numb the area before, and chances are you won’t feel any pain at all. It really is no worse than getting a run-of-the-mill filling!

What else can you expect with root canals?

The Root Canal Procedure

When you have a toothache that goes from bad to unbearable, you probably have an infected tooth root. The root of ...

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What Happens When You Don’t Get That Cavity Filled?

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You probably never even noticed it: a speck of decay on one of your back molars. You have been putting off regular visits to the dentist because it is just too difficult to fit one more thing into an already busy schedule.

The next thing you know, you have an excruciating toothache that is getting more painful every day. Soon, you cannot stay away from what you have been avoiding: a visit to the dentist. Chances are, your Chesterfield, MO dentist is going to have treatment recommendation for you: a root canal. All because you didn’t get that cavity filled back when it was a microscopic spot on your tooth.

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Root Canals: They Are Not as Bad as You Think!

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Undoubtedly, the root canal is one of the most feared dental procedures around. The truth is, much of this fear is unfounded. Especially with today’s modern dentistry and sedation options, the pain of a toothache that brings you into the dentist is far worse than anything you’ll feel during—or after—root canal therapy.

So if you are in pain and are fearing a diagnosis of “root canal treatment,” you should know they are not as bad as you think. And you will likely be able to save an infected tooth to boot!

If you have questions about root canals or cosmetic dentistry, don’t hesitate to contact Chesterfield Valley Dental!

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