Your teeth are meant to last an entire lifetime, and it’s my job to help you make choices that will keep them as healthy as possible.
Years ago, injured or diseased teeth were usually pulled, but today dentists are skilled at root canal treatments that can often save a tooth.
Just hearing the words “root canal” makes some people wary. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about root canal procedures. When you know the facts, you’ll see there is nothing to be afraid of.
To Answer the Big Question…Will a Root Canal Hurt?
There’s a common misconception that root canal procedures are arduous and painful. There was some truth to this decades ago, but with advancements in technology and anesthetics, root canals are now no more uncomfortable than a routine filling. Today, most patients express that they are pleasantly surprised by the procedure and will often describe it as painless.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
• First, I usually prescribe antibiotics to take in advance of the procedure, to help with the infection and keep it from spreading.
• When the procedure begins, I’ll administer anesthetic. Treatment won’t begin until the tooth is numb, so you won’t feel pain during the procedure.
• The tooth is opened and I use a very small instrument to clean the pulp and the root canals.
• Next, the root canals are filled with gutta-percha (a rubber-like material) and sealed with adhesive cement.
After the root canal treatment is finished, I’ll scan a 3D image of your tooth to make a crown to protect and restore the tooth to its full function.
The most important thing to remember is that our team has your best interest at heart. If a root canal is recommended, then it’s the best course of action to alleviate the pain you are experiencing.
As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us at www.soriadds.com or call 440.354.0705.
Patrick Soria, DDS