If your dentist has said these two fateful words “root canal,” you may be feeling slightly uneasy — translation — scared to death! Root canals — the removal of the nerve and pulp in an infected tooth — have a nasty reputation for being unpleasant, unsightly, and painful. You want to be brave and soldier on, but the part of you that hates pain in any form is screaming for you to delay the plan for treatment, at least for a while, forever would be better though. But there’s no need for hysterics. In reality, root canals aren’t as horrible as you’ve been lead to believe. Here are some things you should know before undergoing the treatment.
1. Don’t Believe You Are Okay If the Pain Goes Away
Sorry, but these things just don’t heal themselves. If the pain stops, don’t presume your tooth has healed. The fact of the matter is that as the infection gets worse, the tooth’s pulp starts to die and the result of this is that the pain often goes away. But this is only a temporary lull, as the infection is on its way to the roots and you can expect other symptoms such as facial swelling and oozing pus to appear. You are not out of the woods, so don’t delay treatment.
2. The Pain Linked to Root Canals Frequently Is a Result of the Infection, Not the Root Canal Procedure
This may be hard to believe, but it’s true. A lot of the pain people think goes hand-in-hand with root canals comes from the infection itself, not the work which the dentist is performing. Think it over: When the inner part of your tooth becomes infected, that also comprises the nerves and soft tissue below the hard surface of the tooth.
The infection then causes the symptoms that you might require a root canal to manifest themselves: toothache and sensitivity. A root canal is a way of clearing your tooth of the infection that is giving you the pain.
3. A Root Canal May Be Able to Save A Tooth That May Have To Be Extracted Without It
Of course it’s always a good thing to save your natural tooth if you can. Once you lose a tooth, you have to be concerned with having it replaced by a dental bridge or dental implant.
A root canal saves you the cost and aggravation of having to replace a missing tooth.
Here’s what an emergency dentist in Bradford Woods Pittsburgh can do to save a severely infected tooth:
. When you come to us for a root canal, we’ll start off by numbing the area so that you remain comfortable.
. Then, we’ll painstakingly remove all of the infected tissue from the inside of your tooth.
. The last thing we do is fill the inside of your tooth with a material that will aide in preventing future infections. We’ll also place a dental crown or filling on the tooth so that it looks and feels fine,
4. The Use Of New Technology Makes A Root Canal Much More Comfortable
We are proud to provide state of the art endodontic technology for the easy planning and performing of your root canal.
We start off with using digital X-rays to enable us to get detailed pictures of your tooth. This helps us to focus on the parts of the tooth that need treatment, all the while subjecting you to less radiation than ordinary X-rays.
During the procedure, we enlist the help of special endodontic lasers make treatment both gentle and exact. Moreover, we use a special technique for eliminating infected tissue from the root canal. It’s called PIPS, or Photon Induced Photoacoustic Streaming and is the best way of eliminating infected tissue.
We hope that reading has put your mind at ease about root canals. If you should ever require one, keep in mind that it is nothing to be afraid of. Just be sure to select a dentist with an excellent reputation and who cares about his patients.