You have probably listened to more than your share of root canal jokes and horror stories, and, like most people, you believe what you hear. But it is really time to put to rest the myth that root canals are a painful procedure. It’s the 21st century, after all, and advances in dental technology and sedation methods make the process no more complicated than having a tooth filled.
It's the Infection That Causes Pain
The first thing to understand is that it is an infection deep within the tooth that causes pain. Without treatment, the pain will continue to worsen until it becomes unbearable. At that point, the only way your dentist can relieve it is to remove the infection. If you don’t have a root canal, it is likely that you will lose the tooth.
The problem is that most patients associate the awful pain they feel before they get to their dentist’s office with the procedure itself. But the fact is that root canals in Metairie, LA don’t cause pain, they relieve it.
During the procedure, your dentist removes the infected material from inside the tooth, then fills and seals it. You may feel some lingering sensitivity for a day or two after your procedure—which you can easily control with an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen—but the debilitating pain will be gone.
Root Canal Treatment at Oak Family Dental
Our team is sensitive to the fact that even with all the advancements that make root canals easier, you may still be apprehensive. If so, please share your concerns with us so we can tailor your treatment to fit your needs.
If you have a toothache and think it might be an infected root canal, please call our office to arrange an appointment so we can provide the relief you desperately need.