Painful Root Canals Are A Thing Of The Past
Because of rumors that began decades ago, root canals are among the most feared dental procedures. The truth is that there’s actually no reason at all to fear a root canal.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, our root canal procedures are almost entirely pain-free. In fact, we will relieve your pain and send you home feeling better than when you came in!
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that relieves pain, not causes it! During a root canal, we repair and save a tooth that has become severely decayed or infected. To do so, we remove the nerve and pulp, or the inside of the tooth, and clean the area before sealing it off. Without proper treatment, the infection can spread to the tissue around the infected tooth and abscesses can form.
It’s called a “root canal” because it involves the space within the middle of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the area within the root canal. The nerves of your tooth also lie inside the root canal. Because the nerve isn’t crucial to the health and function of the tooth, the removal of the nerve won’t affect how you eat, talk, etc. The only function of the nerve is to provide hot or cold sensations.
Why Is A Root Canal Necessary?
When the nerve tissue or pulp of a tooth is damaged, it starts to break down. Bacteria will then start to grow within the pulp chamber, leading to an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pocket filled with pus that forms at the end of a tooth’s roots. If an abscess occurs, it’s because the infection has spread past the ends of the roots.
An infection in the root canal of your tooth can also cause swelling, drainage issues, and bone loss.
What Causes Root Canal Damage In The First Place?
Unfortunately, inflammation or infection of the root canal can have a variety of causes. Most commonly the infection is caused by deep tooth decay, a crack or chip in the tooth, or multiple dental procedures on the same tooth.
An injury to the tooth can also cause pulp damage even if there’s no damage visible on the outside.
Root Canal Therapy: Don’t Believe What You’ve Heard!
Here’s where people often start to get a little nervous. At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we can assure you that despite what you may have heard, a root canal is a painless procedure that will make you feel better not cause you pain.
While a root canal may sound intimidating or even painful, you’ll likely experience very little discomfort at all. In fact, the most painful part of a root canal is when the infection takes over your tooth.
Rumors about painful root canals stem from treatments that occurred decades and even centuries ago before several dental advancements were made. With the technology, tools, and comfort options available today, most patients report that a root canal is no more painful than a dental filling.
Do I Need A Root Canal?
If you’re experiencing some pain or discomfort in a particular part of your mouth and you think it may be associated with an infected or damaged tooth, we encourage you to call our office as soon as possible. Our experienced and friendly team at Hubbard & Leath Dental can get you a proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible to provide relief and prevent further damage.
Our dentists and hygienists here at our Rochester Hills, MI office have performed countless root canals and can help guide you in the right direction while keeping you as comfortable as possible. If you’re experiencing any anxiety over the procedure or your visit to our office, be sure to ask us about our comfort options when you call. We offer several levels of dental sedation and other options to keep you comfortable during your time with us.