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.
Let’s find out more about this misunderstood but common dental procedure.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that eliminates an infection in the root of your tooth. The only way to get rid of the pain is to get rid of the material in your tooth root that is infected. Dr. Rahm will do this by drilling a tiny hole in your tooth so the infected material—along with any bacteria that may be present—can be removed. Although that may sound like an uncomfortable procedure, rest assured that the area is fully numbed before he gets started. You won’t feel anything!
Because this procedure removes the living portion of the tooth, this leaves the remaining tooth structure brittle. We generally recommend that you have a dental crown to strengthen the remaining tooth structure so you’ll have full function of the tooth.
Call Us Immediately if You Have a Toothache
It is never normal to have dental pain. Call us right away if you are experiencing pain or discomfort. If you don’t treat an infection in your tooth, you risk losing your tooth altogether. Talk to your Chesterfield, MO dentist about your tooth pain and find out if you need a root canal.