The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) estimates 15.1 million root canal treatments are performed annually. There are, however, some people who are afraid of the procedure. The sad truth is that their fear may be due to misconceptions about the endodontic treatment.
Before forgoing your root canal treatment in Lone Tree and potentially risking your dental health, here’s what you need to know.
A root canal procedure is necessary to help a patient get rid of pain due to an irreversible condition. The pain may be due to pulpitis, broken teeth, or a slowly dying nerve. The treatment aims to repair and save a tooth that’s badly decayed or has become infected.
If this is the case, why do people think it causes pain?
The AAE explains this perception may be coming from early treatment methods used to perform root canal. But those who have had the procedure admit they didn’t experience any pain during the treatment. Although some discomfort may take place after the procedure, this is typically resolved with over-the-counter or prescription medication.
Root canal therapy takes between one and three sessions to complete. The treatment involves three steps, which are:
- Cleaning the root canal
- Filling the root canal
- Adding a filling or a crown
The procedure involves the removal of the nerve and pulp. Endodontists clean and seal the inside of the tooth afterward. Without the treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth may become infected. Or worse, probably form abscesses.
It’s Better to Save the Tooth
Your teeth are precious. Saving them is always the best option. When the dentist recommends a root canal treatment, it may mean that it’s absolutely necessary. And pulling the tooth may not be a better option.
It’s not advisable to extract a decaying tooth because it may make the condition worse. Replacing an extracted tooth with an implant or a bridge needs more time in treatment. It could even lead to further treatments, affecting the supporting tissue and neighboring teeth.
In reality, endodontic treatment has a high success rate. The AAE says many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.
According to the American Dental Association, one in four adults is reluctant to smile due to decaying teeth and gum problems. A smile tends to come with many benefits, not the least of which is a more attractive appearance. So at the first sign of tooth pain, get the appropriate treatment. Otherwise, you run the risk of jeopardizing your job interview, your social life, and your dental health.
A root canal treatment is relatively painless, provided it is done by an experienced endodontist.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
Dr. Andrew Stubbs uses advanced techniques in sedation dentistry, from nitrous oxide to IV sedation. All procedures, including root canal, are done with these techniques. We also use the latest technologies, from quiet electric handpieces to cone beam CT, to ensure success with your procedure.
Dr. Stubbs is an experienced endodontist who performs every procedure with care and a goal to restore your healthy smile.
Contact us today for further information.