Never heard of a friendly root canal?
This is a phrase that has been used by some of our patients to describe their root canal experience. The fact is, most people are surprised by just how relaxed they become during the procedure and are thrilled that is was not as scary as they imaged or had been told.
We often hear, “That’s it? It’s over?” It’s the one time where the term “boring procedure” is actually a compliment to us. The imagination is quite capable of conjuring up all sorts of doomsday scenarios based on more fiction than fact. It’s the one dental procedure that people tend to swap horror stories about – each trying to one-up the other.
When patients are attending to their regular dental care check-ups and cleanings, we can often spot problems before they begin to show signs and symptoms. The infections that grow within and around the root of the tooth can appear on x-rays long before the patient is in discomfort or crisis. Only on occasion, is the tooth so hyper-sensitive that it does not respond quickly enough to freezing (anaesthesia) or has the infection grown large enough to cause swelling and pain.
Most patients are able to have root canal treatment in a typically pain-free manner and certainly long before the infection has spread and caused more damage. In this way, we are able to save the tooth and prevent it’s early loss.
After Care Treatment
The typical root canal doesn’t hurt any more than other dental procedures. Once your tooth has been numbed using anesthetic you will feel no pain. The tooth will require additional care since it will dry out over time and will be prone to fracture. Your dentist will recommend a crown be placed over the tooth for added support and strength.
It is important to know however, that even though root canal therapy is a routine procedure, if left untreated, it can spread causing significant damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues. It can also make you feel very sick and affect your heart.
Infections of the tooth are nothing to mess around with. If you suspect that your tooth may need a root canal or you have recurring sinus problems or swelling of the cheek and/or neck area, you should make an appointment to see your dentist right away.
Yours in Better Health,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team