Does the term “root canal” make you immediately start cringing and sweating? Why are we so afraid of a procedure that has been around for decades? Is it because of the way it is depicted in movies and on Television? Or have stories of intense pain been passed around friends and family?
When you think of it this way, you may begin to wonder if all the stories are true. Is a Root Canal as awful as people claim it is? How much of this is fact or fiction?
You should first know that the root canal itself is not the cause of the pain that most people talk about. Root canals are actually intended to relieve pain not add to it. With the advances in technology, techniques, and anesthesia, any discomfort felt from the procedure shouldn’t be any different from having a cavity filled.
The pain people speak of is due to the infected tissue or pulp of the tooth that is inflamed. The purpose of the root canal is to remove that painful tissue and clean the surrounding area, putting a stop to the infection which should relieve the pain. It’s true you may feel a bit sore for a day or two following the procedure, but Dr. Silva can prescribe pain medication to help you get back to work and back to your life, in many cases, immediately!
Many patients who are tainted by the bad rap root canals have been given over the years ask the doctor to just pull the tooth. Most dentist agree that it is better to keep the natural tooth rather than removing it and having to design an expensive bridge or implant. Remember: Root canals are used to preserve the tooth, making it healthy again and if taken care of, good for the rest of your life.
Root canals have a very high success rate. Don’t be afraid. We are here to help you and answer any questions you may have.