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!
Saving a Tooth With a Root Canal
When a tooth is decayed, sometimes bacteria and debris can get into it, causing an infection in the root of the tooth. People may not be aware of the condition until they develop an excruciating toothache that just gets worse. The only relief for their pain is a root canal. If a root canal is not performed, the infection can spread to other teeth. A root canal usually means we can save your tooth.
What the Procedure Entails
During the root canal treatment, your dentist will first numb the area. Then your dentist will drill a tiny hole in the tooth so the nerve and pulp can be removed. The tooth root will be cleaned out and flushed with an antibiotic to stop the spread of infection. In most cases, the tooth will be fitted with a crown to strengthen it since a pulp-less tooth can become brittle.
After the root canal, your pain will subside, and you will have full use of your tooth again. The entire procedure is no worse than getting a run-of-the-mill filling.
Call if You Think You Need a Root Canal
Don’t let fear of this common dental procedure keep you from saving your tooth and relieving your pain. Call or email your Chesterfield Valley, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm about everything from root canals to cosmetic dentistry!