Have you ever had a root canal? Just hearing the phrase root canal can often make people cringe and it doesn’t have to! The mental image of a root canal can make you feel instantly nervous, but your dentist is in the best position to help you with issues that pertain to your teeth.
A modern day root canal is nothing to do with jackhammer drills and dentists pulling out your teeth with pliers – these are cartoon images that just do not apply. There are so many myths out there about root canals but do you know all of them? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular ones.
Myth #1: It’s going to be painful
A common misconception about root canal is that they are painful but the root canal is not what’s causing the pain. Your tooth is already in pain, and your dentist will offer you modern anesthesia and technology that can ensure that your route canal is no more painful than getting a simple filling – and we all know that those don’t hurt! Your dentist will ensure your comfort and your relaxed position before they start doing the root canal.
Myth #2: It’s better to just have the tooth taken out
When you have a toothache it may be tempting just to have the tooth removed and you won’t have to deal with it any more, but extraction is always the last resort as a treatment. Nothing can function as well as your own teeth, so you need to look at preservation methods where possible as an alternative. Root canals can allow you to keep your natural teeth. And your dentist could help you to keep it healthy.
Myth #3: You only need a root canal if your tooth hurts
Sometimes, an infection becomes so severe that the tooth dies. This can happen without your tooth hurting. Routine dental exams are so important to detect any sign of tooth infection or decay, so make sure you are seeing your dentist before your teeth can become painful or damaged in the first place.
Myth #4: Root canals take a lot of appointments
Did you know that it only takes actually a couple of hours to complete a root canal? Most people believe that you have to have several visits to the dentist to be able to complete one but it’s just not true. If there is no serious infection, you just need one appointment! The condition of your tooth and the severity of the infection will dictate the treatment time needed.
Are you nervous about root canal treatment? The dentist and the staff at Rose Dental Nashua are here to help. You don’t have to feel afraid of a treatment that you need not when your dentist can make you feel confident about your teeth and your gums. We will talk you through the procedure from start to finish and help you to understand your anesthetic and your pain options. We can help you to get your dental health back on track.