The Truth About Root Canals

Jun 5, 2013

For most people, they might be the scariest two words in dentistry: root canal. Even if you don’t know what a root canal is, the name just seems to imply pain. Due to anesthesia, this is generally not true at all. This is just one of the many myths about the root canal procedure. So today, we’ve decided to outline the facts behind this misunderstood medical maneuver.

 

The Procedure

When a dentist deems that the infection of a tooth is inevitable, they will likely inform their patient that a root canal procedure will be necessary. A root canal procedure involves the removal of the pulp and decayed nerve tissue in the “root” of the tooth. Because of this, root canal procedures do involve drills in order to drill to the center of the tooth where this tissue lies. After the hole is drilled, your dentist or endodontist will remove the pulp and clean out the inside of the tooth. They may insert a medication into the root to treat any infection. Then, your dentist will temporarily or permanently fill the hole. If the filling is temporary, you’ll return in about a week for a permanent filling. In more severe cases, extra work such as crownwork may be necessary.

 

After the Procedure

Admittedly, it is likely that following a root canal procedure you may have to take painkillers to numb the pain. Tissue may still be inflamed and your tooth may be slightly more sensitive than usual. However, unlike most wisdom teeth procedures, patients are typically able to return to work or school the day after.

 

Prevention

We’re sure that even after this, root canals may not seem any more appealing, but that’s okay. Remember that if you maintain proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly, root canal therapy should never be necessary. Above all though, root canal therapy is a preventative measure that exists to alleviate pain in the long-run — not cause it.

 

If you would like more information about root canal treatment, Noble Smile maintains a page on their website with more information. Likewise, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jahangiri, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.