Let’s get one thing out the way first: Root canals are no longer painful. Technology has advanced since the old stereotypes about the dreaded root canal.
A recommended root canals should be taken very seriously. Root canals are performed to stop the spread of decay or to repair a destroyed tooth. Decay, after a long time, will cause severe damage to a tooth. This damage is almost always felt when eating, drinking and sometimes just resting. It causes you to reach for the side of your mouth and wince eating very cold foods.
What happens during a root canal?
During a root canal, we will journey the center of your tooth and remove the decay and diseased soft tissue of your tooth. We then fill the tooth which results in a pain-free resolution to your ache. Finally, an impression is made of your tooth and turned into a crown which is placed a lot the “new tooth”
Are you sure it doesn’t hurt?
We use a substance around your gums to completely numb the tooth and gums around the tooth. You’ll feel us performing the root canal but it won’t be painful like back in the day or what you experience from movies. Of course, everyone experiences pain differently. Our staff and office environment will make you feel comfortable. We can assure you that once the procedure is done, your mouth will feel better as soon as the numbing wears off.
If you’re experiencing pain in one of your teeth, especially intense pain, we encourage you to give us a call to schedule an appointment immediately. Tooth decay and disease is not something to wait on. The disease will spread, resulting in more complicated procedures.