October 28, 2019

Root Canals are not as Bad as they Seem

Root canals have a bad reputation among dental patients. They are known for their painful procedures and the effects they have on the patient well after. This is no longer the case anymore.

There are significant benefits to having a root canal performed. Dental technology has come a long way in recent years. There may be some soreness after the procedure is over, but it is common for most medical procedures. Gentle Dental can explain the benefits of a root canal, what exactly it is, and further information about this “scary” procedure.

A root canal is performed when the roots of a tooth need to be removed. The roots need to be removed because they are infected. If the infected nerves stay, then an abscess will form. Abscess in the tooth is a severe issue that will require the removal of some bone from the mandible (lower jaw).

The Procedure

A root canal starts by numbing the area around the tooth with local anesthesia. A drill will be used to reach the infected nerves. Once the tunnel is drilled, the dentist will remove the infected tissue. After the infected tissue is removed, the hole will be filled with a sealant. It is recommended a crown is placed on the tooth to improve the look and ensure the root canal is successful.

The Benefits

There are benefits to having a root canal done, even though the procedure sounds scary. First, the process is virtually painless. Aside from a little soreness after the procedure, the patient will not feel anything. This is thanks to the modern-day advancements in anesthetics.

Furthermore, it is a very cost-effective procedure compared to alternatives. This helps you keep more money in your pocket. A root canal also leaves you with a visually appealing look. Other tooth procedures can leave unwanted looks on your teeth. Finally, getting a root canal done will make sure you do not develop an abscess.

If you believe you need a root canal or are experiencing tooth pain, then please contact us today. You can look at our full suite of services by visiting our website, or you can call us at (281) 855-1100 to schedule an appointment.