Have you been experiencing increasing tooth pain? If so, it’s possible you have an infected tooth. When this happens, usually due to an untreated cavity, root canal treatment can become necessary. Though there are many myths surrounding this treatment, a root canal can actually help alleviate your pain and help to save your smile. In fact, if you’d like to put an end to your discomfort and save your infected tooth, a root canal procedure can be your best option for restorative treatment.
Myth One: Root Canals Are Painful
During a root canal procedure, the dentist will use anesthesia and/or sedatives to help keep you comfortable. By carefully removing any infected portions of the tooth, as well as debris, the dentist can eliminate the infection.
By then placing a crown over the tooth, the dentist can help protect your tooth from reinfection, as well as improve the function of your smile. In most cases, a root canal procedure should help to alleviate your discomfort and to save the tooth!
Myth Two: They’ll Make You Sick
False. Root canal procedures are the process of removing infected tissues, helping to restore your oral health, and avoid painful abscessed teeth.
Myth Three: Delaying Treatment is Preferable to Having A Procedure
Since your teeth cannot repair themselves, when you delay dental treatment conditions tend to worsen. In the case of an infected tooth, delaying root canal treatment increases the likelihood that the tooth will need to be extracted.
If your dentist has recommended a root canal, don’t delay treatment, or else you’ll only prolong the discomfort you’re feeling, and likely need more extensive treatment down the road.