Does the phrase “root canal” make you shiver a little? You’re certainly not alone. Most people have a healthy fear of having a root canal done. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a necessity to make your mouth healthy again. Being told you need a root canal may sound like the worst news you’ve ever heard, but if you know a little bit more about the process and how your dentist can make you comfortable, it may lessen your fear of having a root canal performed.
Why would my dentist suggest a root canal?
If the root of your teeth begins to decay or is infected, you may need a root canal to get the infected part removed. Generally having an infected root and infected pulp inside your teeth will cause a lot of pain. People report that a root canal itself isn’t all that painful, but the time leading up to the root canal can be pretty miserable if you don’t have anything to treat it. The reason you need the damaged pulp removed is because it can cause an abscess, bone loss, and drainage problems. In short, not having the pulp removed can cause a lot of pain.
What can I expect of the procedure?
Your dentist will take x-rays of your tooth and the area around it before giving you at least a local anesthetic. He or she will then isolate the area to make sure that the tooth stays dry during the procedure. Once all of this has been taken care of, you should be relaxed and numb for the procedure to begin. The pulp will be removed very carefully by your dentist before he or she cleans the area. You’ll then have a filling placed into the tooth so your root can remain strong. You may also have a filling put on top of your tooth to act as a crown before you get your actual crown. The process is similar to that of a normal filling for a cavity. The procedure and the healing may take a bit longer than normal, but you’re much better off having the procedure than dealing with the alternative.
Rotting and decaying teeth can cause more problems than just pain. Don’t risk bacteria or infection in your mouth; if you’re showing signs of infection or a problematic tooth, you should call your Catonsville dentist right away. If you have any questions about root canals, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.
Sources: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/root-canals, http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals-explained.aspx