If you’ve been told that you need a root canal, you might be feeling some apprehension about the procedure. This is not uncommon because many people have misconceptions about this tooth-saving treatment. Here are some things you should know to prepare for a root canal.
Myth: You’ll feel pain during treatment.
When people hear the phrase “root canal,” chances are, they think of an extremely painful visit to the dentist. The truth is, the purpose of a root canal is to relieve pain, not cause or exacerbate it. Because anesthesia is used during the procedure, there is little to no pain. There may be some sensitivity at first, but this quickly wears off as the root of the tooth is cleaned out.
Myth: Root canals can make you ill.
Unfortunately, this can happen, but is very rare and only occurs with a dentist who is ill-equipped for the job.
Myth: It’s better to have the tooth extracted.
Tooth extraction is generally an absolute last resort. It is only chosen if the tooth is doing more damage while it’s still in place. A root canal is safer and cleaner than extraction and retains the natural tooth.
Myth: Your teeth will be sensitive after the procedure.
Because the procedure clears out the root of the tooth, as well as the pulp and nerves, there should not be any sensitivity in the area afterward.
Myth: Multiple visits are necessary.
There are some cases where two separate appointments will be necessary, but in most cases, the treatment can be completed in one visit.
The truth is, root canals are only recommended because they are necessary to save a tooth and restore its health. They are meant to relieve any pain or discomfort that is being suffered and to prevent the surrounding teeth from getting infected. The crown that is normally used to cover the tooth following a root canal is very useful because it strengthens the tooth and helps to prevent future problems. Once the treatment is complete, the health of the tooth and mouth overall should be improved – the affected area will no longer put the rest of the mouth at risk of infection and instead will remain safe and stable.