Root canals have a horrible reputation for being about the most painful procedure you can have at the dentist’s office. Do they deserve this reputation? What are they, anyway? Here are some facts about root canals (so you can decide if you should be afraid of them)!
Root canals are important for your health
If you have a cavity that has gone untreated or a tooth that is cracked or chipped or has been injured or damaged, the pulp of your tooth may become infected – a root canal removes this pulp. The pulp is the “meat” of the tooth, made up of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. If infected pulp is left untreated, the infection can spread to your gums and your jaw, leading to the loss of your tooth or part of your jaw. If the infection spreads further, you may end up with a dental abscess or even serious heart problems.
You may need a root canal if your tooth is discolored, if it is sensitive to hot and cold, and if it is in pain when you touch it or use it to chew. Swollen gums are also a sign you may need this procedure.
Root canals hurt about as much as getting a filling
In a recent study, less than 20% of participants said that a root canal was the most painful procedure they had ever had done at the dentist’s office. The study participants said that it hurts about as much as getting a filling placed in a tooth. This is good to know – and you should also keep in mind that if you don’t get a root canal, you may end up with a lot more pain in the long run.
After the procedure your gums may feel sore, but an over-the-counter pain reliever is usually enough to help.
If your dentist recommends a root canal, don’t panic! It may cause some discomfort, but root canals are important for your health and comfort. Don’t suffer with tooth pain – if you are having problems with your teeth, contact Lerner & Lemongello in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for an appointment. Call (561) 627-9000 today!