Despite modern reality, root canals have practically become a synonym of pain. This perception began many years ago before there was access to advanced treatments and anesthetics. The irony is root canals are actually a lot less painful than the pain that they treat. In fact, those who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe a root canal as painless than those who have never had a root canal.
While the procedure of a root canal isn’t too painful, the problems that lead to a root canal can be excruciating. If the tooth is still alive, it will be extremely sensitive to hot and cold, and will remain sensitive even when the cold and heat is removed. The pain can arise very suddenly, even when the tooth isn’t being used. If your tooth is abscessed (pus pocket forms at the end of the root), then you will pain while chewing.
Another myth about root canals is that it might just be better to get your tooth extracted than a root canal, even if a root canal is possible. This is simply not the case. It is almost always preferable to keep your natural teeth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Endodontic treatment is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction with the placement of a bridge or implant.
Having an endodontist perform your root canal can help bring you peace of mind because they have been trained on how to perform root canals so that it will be as painless as possible for the patient. Because they have several additional years of training, they have faced a large range of situations, and their experience will help ensure that you won’t need to make a repeat visit.
If anything, you should be eager to begin your root canal treatment. Any tooth that is in need of treatment but has not yet received it is unpredictable. It is best to have your root canal as soon as possible to reduce the possibility of a tooth flare up that can come from an abscess. The root canal can bring permanent comfort to your teeth.
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