Many patients become anxious or fearful when they learn that they need root canals. Even so, people may not be as afraid of this treatment as they used to be.
According to the survey from earlier this year, 78 percent of the respondents said they would rather have a root canal procedure than get the flu. Admittedly, being considered better than having the flu may not be a high bar to clear.
But it is a sign that more people understand the benefits of the root canal treatments. At Texas Dental Group we see that as a step in the right direction.
For too long, root canals have used as a way of measuring how bad something was. Not to get political, but this might be one thing that Democrats and Republicans agree on. Former President Barack Obama once compared the bank bailout to a root canal. On the other side of the aisle, Meghan McCain (daughter of Sen. John McCain) once said she’d rather have a root canal than see a Michael Moore show.
The truth is this: Getting a root canal is no worse than getting a dental filling. With new techniques, we can perform a pain-free root canal treatment at our office in Spring, TX.
To learn more about root canals or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nathan Memmott, call (832) 791-1706 or contact us online. We hope you’ll never need one, but if you do, we hope you’ll understand that a root canal won’t be as bad as you might think.
The Upside Of Having A Root Canal
Your tooth hurts when you try to eat. Your gums feel sore. It’s painful to drink your morning coffee or sip an iced tea in the afternoon.
These are all symptoms that you have an infected tooth.
These are all problems that a root canal can fix.
Root canal treatments were never intended to cause pain. In fact, a root canal is a way to end the pain you may already be going through.
Infected teeth occur for a number of reasons — tooth decay, gum disease, broken teeth, or cracked teeth.
Any of those can allow bacteria to reach the pulp, a soft tissue at the center of a tooth. When this happens, the pulp becomes inflamed, which causes pain and increased tooth sensitivity.
During a root canal, Dr. Memmott will remove the infected tissue. When the procedure is over, your pain should fade within a matter of days.
What Happens During A Root Canal?
At Texas Dental Group, we will first examine your tooth to determine if a root canal is necessary.
Assuming it is, your comfort becomes the top priority. Before we start the procedure, we can take steps to keep you from feeling any pain.
At a minimum, we can numb your mouth. If you prefer, we also offer sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide or oral sedation will help you relax and block any pain that you might feel. With dental sedation, you may not remember the procedure, either.
Once we are confident that you won’t feel anything, we create an opening in your tooth. This allows the doctor to remove the infected tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Then your tooth is sanitized, filled, and covered with a dental crown or filling.
This preserves the appearance of your smile and restores the function of your tooth.
A Root Canal Could Help You
Your teeth should not hurt. If one or more of them are causing you pain, then you should make plans to visit Texas Dental Group right away. We want to end your suffering whether that is with a root canal or another treatment.