For years we’ve heard patients and non-patients alike express fear about having a root canal procedure. They’ve heard that they’re extremely painful and put it off until they can’t stand the pain any longer. A root canal is performed to RELIEVE pain…not cause it! There was a time, way back a long time ago, when root canals were painful. With today’s advances in pain management, those days are history. If you’re especially nervous, most offices offer conscious sedation options to help further ease your mind!
A root canal has many benefits, not the least of which is that it saves your tooth while stopping any pain you may have been experiencing. Here are a couple of reasons why you shouldn’t worry about having a root canal:
#1 – You Want to Keep Your Tooth
While dental implants and dental prosthetics can go a long way to keeping your smile looking good and mouth functioning normally, nothing works like your own teeth. Whenever possible, you want to keep your teeth intact. If you are in a situation where an implant or prosthetic device is needed, not to worry, your dental professional will take good care of you. But, if you ask any dentist, they’ll likely say keeping your natural teeth is the best solution whenever possible!
#2 – Pain Medication Keeps You Feeling Fine
In the dark ages (maybe 20 years ago) root canals could be quite uncomfortable. This led to many patients putting critical procedures off for weeks, months, or maybe even years! With today’s advancements in pain management, a root canal isn’t much different than getting a filling! According to the American Association of Endodontists, the #1 myth about root canals is that it is painful!
Don’t put off important dental work because you’re afraid of what might happen. Speak to your dental professional and get the facts. You’ll be able to get past these fears and back on the road to oral health!