We would be the first to tell you: root canals have gotten a bad name. It’s not their fault. When root canals first came into practice in the 2nd or 3rd century BC, wires were inserted underneath the teeth to the root to help with infection. That could not have been easy or painless to sit through. In fact, for hundreds of years, root canals were seen as a painful procedure that no one would want to go through. However, the technology of root canals and pain therapy have changed so much, you can actually feel better after a root canal, and have far less pain if you have any at all. At Schnierow Dental Care we can give you correct and current information about root canals.
What Is A Root Canal?
Root canals are the name for a specific process we use to heal a tooth that is infected because of tooth decay. When you get a cavity, bacteria are drilling a hole in your tooth. Over time, if you don’t brush or floss, the hole will continue to get larger and larger. Eventually, the middle of your tooth, called the pulp, will get infected. The infection could reach all the way down to your nerve, which is extremely painful.
When we do a root canal, we cut an incision in the top of your tooth so we can reach the pulp of your tooth. We then clean out the pulp and fill the tooth with medicine and composite filler, which clears up the infection and strengthens the tooth. We also put a crown on the tooth, so that the tooth is stronger.
If we are lucky, the tooth will be stronger and infection-free. Root canals are effective for teeth when the infection has become severe. You should feel less pain after the root canal is completed because the tooth infection will be gone.
What About the Pain?
People worry about pain during root canals. We have to tell you that in the past, root canals were far more painful than they are today. The tools that were used in the past for root canals were not precise, and that made the procedure more painful. Now, we have small tools that make root canals much more precise. Also, we have far better pain management techniques. For example, we numb your gums before we even begin to numb up the nerves to work on your tooth. Also, because of the materials we use, your tooth can be stronger, even if the materials that we use are lighter. This makes the procedure far more comfortable for you.
If you have a tooth that is extremely painful, why not give Schnierow Dental Care a call at (424) 383-5005? We would love to talk to you about how important it is to talk to us about your tooth pain. If we don’t know your tooth is hurting, we can’t help you. Give us a call or come on by. We are ready to sit down and figure out what we can do with you to ease your pain and give you peace of mind. That way, you can get your root canal in comfort.