Dentists recommend that people get root canals when there are problems with the hollow inner chambers of teeth that contain pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, tissues and nerves. It also helps teeth stay nourished.
However, when the pulp becomes damaged because of decay, infection or other issues, people can find themselves in intense pain and begin dealing with problems that spread to other parts of the mouth.
Several generations ago, before the root canal treatment was used, there were no alternatives for people with pulp damage, and those patients just had to resign themselves to the outcome of losing their teeth. Now, the damaged pulp can be replaced with a permanent filling, which allows people to live without pain and also means they can retain their teeth.
People who are getting root canals for the first time often feel very nervous about the amount of pain they anticipate during the procedure. However, you may find that the pain you’ve experienced while living with tooth problems is much worse than the actual root canal treatment.
Before beginning the root canal, your dentist will use a powerful numbing medicine. That anesthetic enables patients to have a pain-free experience and allows dentists to efficiently perform the treatment.
People who get root canals should expect the entire process to be spread across two to three office visits. The recovery process is generally brief. After your root canal treatment, you may be prescribed a painkiller, and you can expect some mild tenderness associated with the affected tooth for a few days afterward.
With a qualified dentist and the right information, there’s no need to be apprehensive about root canals. The JT Family Dental staff is committed to delivering the best possible experience and ensuring your comfort and peace of mind. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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