We know — for many, root canals aren’t a “happy” thing. Mainstream media has hyped up root canals as scary and painful procedures: even a New York Post review of the 1980 film Heaven’s Gate bears the title “I’d rather have a root canal than rewatch this movie.”
Since many Americans have apprehension about root canals, we’ve decided to shed some light on the topic. This Root Canal Awareness Week, find out whether root canals are something to be avoided, or something that can save your teeth in the long run.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Patients typically undergo root canals because they’re experiencing severe pain when eating, painful bumps on the gums, and tooth tenderness. This pain is often caused by an untreated cavity (or tooth decay) which leads to infection, and if left unaddressed, can result in needing to have the tooth extracted. Ouch.
Root canals are a last resort to treat the infection. 95% of root canals successfully remove the infection and disinfect the inside of the tooth. Most patients who have had a root canal actually report that it has alleviated the pain caused by the infected tooth.
What Can You Expect With A Root Canal?
During your root canal procedure, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic, then create an access hole in the tooth. They will then remove the infected and decayed pulp, then clean the inside of the tooth. The dentist will then seal the tooth and, later, may place a crown over the tooth.
There — that’s not so bad, is it?
Ready For Your Root Canal?
Don’t let yourself suffer. Getting a root canal can relieve pain and protect your teeth. To schedule your procedure, call our office at 719-694-0400. We’re happy to answer any of your questions so you can feel confident about your procedure.