Root canal treatments are never walks in the park. In fact, just eh mere mention of the words “root canal” is enough to incite all the fear and trauma in an individual. But root canal treatments actually serve to help you rather than torture you.
Losing or Preserving a Tooth
When you have a tooth which has persistently been causing you pain, then you basically have two options — that is to have the tooth removed or to opt for root canal treatment. The first option is pretty much straightforward. If a tooth is removed, then the source of the pain is removed. But then again, you also lose the tooth along with its functions. Plus, there’s that problem of your smile being affected.
But while extraction works, it may actually be a step too extreme. Experts have found out that you do not have to remove the tooth in order to get rid of the pain; all that is required is for the nerves that are receiving the stimulations and registering them as pain to be removed. That is the entire rationale of performing the root canal treatment. The tooth is left intact while the specific structures, the soft tissues found in the pulp of the dental roots, that is actually responsible for the pain is scraped out.
One of the reasons for why patients come to fear root canal treatments is because of the use of the dental drill. And yes, the dental drill is an indispensable tool in performing the root canal procedure. In order for your dentist to be able to get hold of the structures found within the very core of the aching tooth, a hole has to first be drilled. However, just because your dentist will be operating intimidating tools does not mean you’ll be shrieking throughout the entire procedure. In fact, root canal treatments have received a considerable face lift reputation-wise.
Modern dental drills have shrunk in size. At the same time, anesthesia that is being used in 21st century dentistry procedures are more potent than their older counterparts. For this reason, you can be rest assured that you will be sufficiently numb throughout the entire procedure. And if anesthetics are not enough, most dentists and endodontics also provide sedative dentistry treatments which include the use of inhaled, oral or even IV sedatives in order to put the patient in a relaxed state all throughout the entire procedure.
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