If your dentist has told you a root canal treatment is needed, you may be worried. There are many myths surrounding root canal therapy, but it is actually a common procedure. If you aren't sure if a root canal treatment is the right choice for you, check out these three facts.
It Is Not Painful
Many people wince at the sound of a root canal treatment because they believe it is painful. True, when you go to the dentist for root canal therapy, you are likely in pain because a tooth infection is painful. It puts pressure directly on the tooth root, which can cause severe pain that prevents you from sleeping, working or enjoying daily life. Root canal treatment is designed to remove this pressure and pain. During the treatment, the area is numb. However, because the dentist must reach the depths of your tooth root, more Novocain may be needed as the procedure progresses. After the procedure, your tooth will still likely be tender.
Root canal therapy is incredibly successful. In fact, it has a success rate of about 92 to 97 percent. In the past, you may have had a root canal treatment that failed, and your tooth broke. However, this is much less more common because nearly all dentists now recommend placing a tooth crown over a tooth that has had a root canal. This helps strengthen it, so it is less likely to break. You may need to have your tooth retreated, but this is only the case if part of the infection was missed or you don't take proper care of your crown and allow bacteria to enter again.
It Saves the Tooth
If you still aren't sure root canal therapy is right for you, consider the alternative: an extraction. Even though antibiotics get rid of an infection, they don't fix the underlying cause (sever decay, crack in the root, etc.). The only ways to fix an infected tooth are extraction and root canal therapy. If you choose to have your tooth extracted, you can get a tooth replacement, but they are expensive, and nothing is as good as your real natural tooth.
Getting root canal therapy isn't as scary as it sounds. You are numb during the procedure, and it is the best way to eliminate an infection because it lets you keep your tooth. For more information regarding root canal therapy, contact a dentist in your area today.