What you think you know about getting a root canal could be completely wrong!
We know that no one likes to hear the statement, “You need a root canal”. Unfortunately, for many, a root canal is needed in order to save a tooth. We don’t quite know why root canals have gotten such a negative image, but our Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey is here to dispel those negative beliefs and to provide some clarity on why root canals are performed and why they really aren’t anything to stress over.
Root Canals Don’t Cause Pain
If you search the Internet you can find negative stories for just about everything; however, we also know that these stories deter people from getting the dental care they need. If you need a root canal, chances are fairly good that you’re in a decent amount of pain.
You’ll be happy to hear that a root canal is designed to remove the source of your pain, not cause it. Some people even notice immediate relief after their procedure. While it’s natural to experience a little pain and discomfort after any dental procedure, over-the-counter pain relievers are often enough to ease your symptoms.
Root Canals are Complicated and Complex Procedures
Root canals might sound like a lot of work, and a lot of time sitting in our chair, but as our Fresno, CA, family dentist will tell you—getting a root canal is no more invasive or complex than getting a tooth filled. The only difference is how the procedure is performed. You won’t be sitting in our chair for hours! In fact, the average length of a root canal is between 30-60 minutes.
Root Canals Kill the Tooth
The reason a root canal is performed is to go inside the tooth to remove the inflamed or infected dental pulp. A root canal will clear out the infection and bacteria inside the tooth; however, it does not kill the tooth. Your tooth is still viable and healthy, even after a root canal. We will simply need to place a dental crown over the tooth to protect the natural tooth from further damage.
Do you have questions about getting root canal therapy from our Fresno, CA, dentist? Are you dealing with a toothache that requires an immediate evaluation? If so, call us today at (559) 227-6755 to schedule an appointment.