For many people, simply mentioning a root canal procedure may incite anxiety and fear. The unfortunate truth is that there are a lot of negative factors commonly associated with root canals, but the procedure is truly very simple and can be completely stress-free. Below is some information that will help you take a deep breath before you take a seat in the dental chair.
What Is A Root Canal?
Each tooth is comprised of an outer layer called the enamel. Below the enamel lies the dentin, followed then by the center of the tooth, the canal, which contains the root. When damage or decay in the tooth has penetrated through to the center, the root becomes exposed to heat and cold. In turn, the individual will usually experience strong pain, and in some cases, an infection will form. To fix this, the dentist will remove all decay from the tooth, remove the nerve, and completely irrigate the canal before placing a filling material throughout the entire tooth. The tooth is then usually recommended to be covered with a crown to protect it in the future.
What Can I Expect During My Appointment?
During your root canal procedure, you can expect to be numbed by your dentist prior to beginning work. While this is uncomfortable, this is usually the most discomfort that most people feel during their procedure. The dentist will then remove the decay and root, clean out the tooth, take an x-ray to ensure that the tooth has been entirely cleaned out, and place the filling. It truly is that simple! While the procedure may prove to be lengthy, you can rest assured that there is nothing to fear. In most cases, the most of your worries will be waiting for the numbness to wear off later that day.
Dr. Malhotra and his trusted team of professionals are happy to ensure that each visit is comfortable and stress-free; if you have been recommended for a root canal, feel free to discuss your treatment options with our team as soon as possible. We’re here to help!