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Why Root Canals Are Nothing to Fear

Dental anxiety is a huge problem in our country. Approximately one-third of people living in the US are afraid of dentists. Most of them cite the potential for pain, the smell of chemicals, and the sounds of drills as the source of their anxiety. 

If you’re one of these individuals, chances are, you’re putting off getting the dental care you desperately need. 

Our team of dentists led by Dr. Steven Kauftheil at ToothDocs doesn’t want you to be another statistic. We want you to feel comfortable and confident when it comes to oral health. That’s why we’re sharing our best information about root canals, so you can head into your appointment completely prepared and at ease.

An overview of root canals

The first step in overcoming your anxiety about root canals is understanding the process itself. 

Root canals are a minor dental procedure we use to save teeth that are severely decayed, infected, or fractured. Root canals are also effective in addressing deep cavities and problems with old fillings. 

We use special tools to create a small hole in your tooth and gently remove the innermost portion of your tooth called the pulp. The pulp houses the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues that your tooth needs during development, but it can become infected and cause serious problems. 

After the pulp is gone, we clean the inner chamber of your tooth and seal it with a temporary filling. Then, once your tooth has healed, we carefully remove the temporary filling and apply a crown to protect your tooth against further issues.

Why you shouldn’t be nervous about root canals

It’s natural to feel nervous about a procedure like this, so we want to help you feel as confident as possible before you arrive for your appointment. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t be worried about your root canal.

Root canals are virtually painless

At the very least, we administer a local anesthetic to completely numb the area around the tooth, preventing you from feeling pain. 

To make yourself even more comfortable or if one of your main concerns is the sounds of the tools, we also offer sedation dentistry. This means that you can be completely sedated and unaware of the procedure. Our experts can help you decide which option is best for you. 

Recovery is easy

Typically, you’ll only have to wait a few hours before the feeling returns to your mouth. You can get back to your normal routine after your procedure, but we do advise you to wait to eat and drink until the numbness has completely worn off. Any discomfort you feel after your root canal is often mild and temporary.

Root canals are safe for your teeth

When you hear an explanation of the procedure, it might sound like we’re removing an important part of your tooth, but the opposite is actually true. Once your tooth is fully formed, it no longer needs the pulp, so there’s no risk for long-term damage to your tooth.

Root canals are routine

Root canals are among the most common dental procedures. Dentists across the country perform around 15 million root canals every year, and each of our experienced dentists is trained to carry out root canals quickly and safely. 

Don’t let dental anxiety keep you from taking care of yourself. If you’d like more information or are concerned about a potential oral health issue, contact our office, or request an appointment online today.

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