Would you do almost anything to avoid a root canal? Unfortunately, you're not alone. Many people dread this tooth-saving procedure. Dr. Terry Fayad, your Danvers, MA dentist, shares some information about root canals that just may change your mind.
Anesthetics prevent root canal pain
Your dentist won't begin the root canal process until he's sure that you won't feel any pain. He'll begin the procedure by injecting a local anesthetic into the gums surrounding your tooth. In some cases, you may need a little extra medication to achieve complete numbness. If you feel anxious about root canal therapy, a sedative, available in inhaled, oral or intravenous forms, will help you relax and will also provide pain relief. Many years ago, pain may have been part of the root canal process, but there's no need to suffer during a root canal today.
Root canals save diseased or damaged teeth
Root canals are needed when the pulp in your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, causing pain, pressure, swelling and sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. The pulp is located in the central part of your tooth and contains nerves, tissue and blood vessels. It extends into the roots of your tooth in tiny canals. Infections in your tooth can be very serious, as the bacteria may travel to your heart, brain or other parts of your body via your bloodstream.
Although your tooth won't be quite as strong after the pulp is removed, it will still function normally after a root canal. Best of all, you'll be pain free. The only other option is extraction of the tooth, which can cause problems ranging from shifting teeth to difficulty chewing or speaking.
Ever had a filling? Then you'll have no problem with a root canal
When part of your tooth becomes decayed, your Danvers dentist drills into the tooth, removes the decayed portion, then fills the hole. Although root canals are a little more complicated, your dentist uses the same general process. He'll drill into your tooth, remove the pulp, clean and shape your root canals and add a flexible filling material that seals and protects the tooth.
Root canals offer an excellent way to keep your smile healthy. Call Dr. Fayad, your Danvers, MA dentist, at (978) 539-8932 to schedule an appointment to find out if you could benefit from a root canal.