If you are scheduled to have a root canal but are worried about the pain you don’t have to be. Root canals have a negative reputation but they’ve come a long way. Advancements for this endodontic treatment are no longer something to shy away from. Having a root canal can make your life a lot less painful. It can eliminate tooth pain and infection, which can cause severe complications.
A root canal removes the nerve under the tooth, along with any infection. In addition to allowing a patient to keep a tooth that may have otherwise needed to removed, root canal therapy works to eliminate the following issues:
• Pain when putting pressure on your tooth
• Throbbing pain in and around the tooth
• Sensitivity to hot and cold
According to the American Association of Endodontists, 67 percent of Americans say fear of pain is what most concerns them about root canal therapy. This fear is mostly unwarranted, given the advancements in technology that allow a virtually pain-free procedure! Notable advancements include:
• Local anesthetics
Improvements in local anesthetics make it easier than ever to eliminate pain during the procedure.
• Apex locators
Dentists use apex locators to determine the exact length of the tooth to remove any root infection.
• Digital x-rays
Our dental office uses digital x-rays. Not only do they produce less radiation than film x-rays, but they develop immediately – reducing the amount of time you’ll spend with the dentist.
• Nickel titanium files
In the past, dentists used stainless steel files that could break and had limited ability to remove infection. Nickel titanium files are both more flexible and durable.
How long will it take?
Most procedures can be completed in one or two visits, with a total time of less than 90 minutes.
Should I wait to have a root canal?
If root canal is delayed the infected tooth may need to be extracted. When that happens, either a bridge or replacement tooth must be put in place to prevent teeth from shifting and to restore optimal chewing function. Also, putting off endodontic therapy may result in complications and the need for much more (and costly) dental work down the line.
What can I expect after the procedure?
It will take some time for the minor swelling to reduce. You may experience dull pain in the area for several hours. Many people find over the counter pain medicine to be sufficient.
Our dental office is always open for questions. Visit our website at www.drgoodrose.com or call us at (609) 641-1462 for more information or to schedule an appointment.