Posted on 11/15/2019 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
|A root canal is a common procedure that involves curing the affected tooth of infected tissue in the root of a tooth. Generally, the root tissue becomes infected when proper oral hygiene is neglected leading to bacteria buildup on the gums.
When a root canal is performed, it is usually used to save a tooth due the bacteria which caused the infection. If a tooth suffering from decay is not treated in a timely manner, a root canal must be implemented to clean out the infection from inside the tooth. After the infected material is removed from the tooth, it will be cleaned and sealed to prevent further decay and infection.
Occasionally, it is necessary for a person to have a root canal done, and there are many stigmas revolving around the procedure. However, the longer you postpone a root canal treatment, the more chances there are for damage to your oral cavity. This is why we always recommend having a root canal as soon as possible after being told it will be necessary.
Root Canal Misconceptions
We often hear a lot of worry about the pain of a root canal because of its invasiveness. While it is true that root canals can be very painful, the procedure is conducted under oral sedatives to reduce pain and help comfort. With the use of oral sedatives, we make sure that each patient will not feel the actual procedure take place.
It is also important to note that the pain you will experience from forgoing a root canal can exceed any discomfort that comes as the result of the root canal procedure. This is because your tooth will not be able to heal on its own and only become worse.
Another common misconception many people hold about root canals is that it is better to completely remove the infected tooth rather than repairing it. In the short term removing a tooth could be a viable option, but when a tooth is removed more problems can be presented. One major problem of having teeth pulled is that it can affect the integrity of the jawbone.
When a tooth is removed the jawbone becomes weaker at that location and is at risk of serious harm. When a tooth is removed, it is common practice to install a dental implant which is a much more costly and time-consuming procedure which is why we recommend getting a root canal first. Give us a call if you are seeking a root canal treatment. We will be happy to schedule a consultation.