For those of us who’ve heard about the infamous root canal, there can be a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the procedure. This is unfortunate, because the root canal is associated with pain. Movies and the media generally default to the root canal when describing a painful dental procedure, but that’s not accurate. Why? Because the root canal procedure is designed to alleviate pain, not to inflict it.
Fear not of the root canal procedure at Artisan Dentistry, because the root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed today. And, today, we are blessed with technology that allows for safe, easy root canal treatments.
For patients in danger of experiencing tooth decay or disease, the root canal remains a vitally important procedure aimed at saving the natural tooth.
Nowadays Artisan Dentistry is able to save a tooth that, in previous generations, would have had to have been pulled.
While a root canal may not be a pleasurable experience, any discomfort a patient may experience is alleviated with numbing medication application into the area around the tooth being worked on. Otherwise, patients experience very little discomfort, even after the procedure. In fact, because a root canal removes the pulp and nerve within the tooth, patients who needed a root canal for tooth pain will actually feel relief.
For many patients, severe tooth pain drives them to the dentist’s chair. However, not every patient requiring a root canal presents with a toothache. Sometimes, disease and decay has caused the nerve inside the tooth to die, so the patient no longer feels pain or discomfort. A root canal is still necessary. If left untreated, the dead tooth can become infected and lead to serious complications.
Dental patients are almost always advised to do whatever is necessary to save a tooth rather than resort to extraction. Whenever possible, keeping your own tooth is, in the long run, a much better option for you, your mouth, and your pocket book. Extracting a tooth leaves a gap in your smile that must be filled with an implant or bridge. Otherwise, your teeth will shift and potentially cause you other trouble, like further tooth loss.
Simple root canals may be performed by a general or family dentist. Only patients with complicated cases will be referred to a endodontist. But if you receive a referral, be glad your dentist is looking out for you and wants you to receive the best possible care. At Artisan Dentistry we provide root canal treatments and endodontic procedures, continuing to provide wide-ranging oral health services to a diverse patient base in Sacramento.
Many patients envision having to spend hours in the dentist’s office day after day in order to complete their root canal procedure. However, most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.
When it comes to combating dental anxiety, knowledge is your best defense. If you have any questions or concerns about your root canal procedure, talk to your dentist or dental specialist. Your dental care team will work with you to make your root canal procedure as stress-free and painless as possible.