Pervasive myths about root canal therapy lead many people to mistakenly believe that root canals are invasive, painful, and scary. The team at Origin Dental wants our patients to be well-informed about root canal therapy because we believe this will make your experience less intimidating and more comfortable. If you have an infected tooth and think you may need a root canal, we hope these facts help relieve some of your stress about your upcoming appointment.
The myth of root canal pain likely exists because most people are not familiar with how the root canal process actually works, and they think that it involves serious, invasive surgery.
However, this is not true at all. In fact, a root canal is only slightly more invasive than having a filling placed. The process begins by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Then, the tooth that is being treated is isolated from the rest of your mouth with a dental dam to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Next, any damaged or decayed enamel will be trimmed away from your tooth and a very small opening is made in the tooth. After this, Dr. Tran will use special tools to remove infected tooth material and disinfect the tooth.
The next step is to fill the tooth up with a rubbery material called “gutta-percha,” which replaces the pulp and supports the tooth. Finally, the tooth is repaired with a filling or temporary crown. You’ll usually have to come back in a few weeks for permanent crown placement. The entire process usually takes less than 90 minutes and is minimally-invasive.
Most patients do not need to be sedated during a root canal, but if you are nervous, you can opt for sedation dentistry to make you more comfortable throughout the procedure. Sedation will keep you calm and at ease, and combined with dental anesthetics and numbing agents, sedation ensures that you will feel absolutely no discomfort throughout the entire procedure.
One of the most ironic things about the myth that root canals are painful is that toothaches can be much more painful. A serious, chronic toothache can be excruciating and can interfere with your ability to eat, speak, and enjoy your daily life.
Root canals are the best way to eliminate the pain of an infected tooth. While recovering from a root canal, you may experience some discomfort, but this is nothing compared to the pain of an untreated toothache.
Thanks to modern techniques and tools, sedation options, and numbing agents, patients can remain comfortable during root canal therapy. Root canals are a safe, effective, and extremely common treatment and they are the best way to get relief from the pain of an infected tooth.
Think you may need a root canal in Sorrento Valley, La Jolla, or UTC? Come to Origin Dental right away. Dr. Tran is an experienced endodontist and can help save your tooth. Contact us at (858) 264-2555 to get started, or visit our office at 9200 Scranton Road, Suite 101, San Diego, CA 92121.