Root canals are nothing short of infamous among those who fear dentistry. But the truth is, root canal therapy isn’t the source for pain; it’s the solution!
As with many other “emergency” dental procedures, patients mistakenly associate a hurting tooth with the root canal treatment itself.
But with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal therapy is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed! In fact, root canals are relatively simple procedures that cause little or no discomfort to the patient.
So, how does root canal therapy work?
First, it’s important to understand that each tooth in your mouth is a living thing that has blood vessels and nerves. If a tooth decays badly enough that a deep cavity forms — or if the tooth is cracked or broken — then the tissue inside the tooth can become infected.
If the tooth becomes inflamed or diseased, then it begins to swell and this predicament is what causes pain.
A damaged tooth can be kept or “saved” by using root canal therapy, which is when the damaged tissue is removed and the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Removing the diseased pulp is what relieves the tooth pain.
A tooth could still develop cavities, even without its nerve, but if the patient practices effective dental hygiene, the repaired tooth can last a lifetime.
So, while many people believe that a root canal is a painful treatment, it’s actually a much easier process than you thought, thanks to advanced techniques, tools and anesthesia.
Your caring team here at Smiles Dental will do everything we can to ensure that you have a pleasant, comfortable experience at our office. If you’d like to learn more about root canal therapy, call us at 541.787.4733, and we’ll take care of you.