The Truth About Root Canals
Many patients cringe and become fearful when they are told that they need a root canal. In a sense, this is understandable. Root canals have been built up for years as something painful and complicated, and many of you have probably heard horror stories told by your friends and family.
The truth is, however, that root canals are not painful, have a high success rate, and are typically no more complicated than filling a cavity. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists) recently conducted a survey and found that people who had never even had a root canal were six times likelier than those who had to describe the procedure as painful!
At our Brookfield dental office, your comfort and safety are one of our top priorities. We would never recommend a procedure that we felt was detrimental to you. Despite what you may have seen in the movies and on TV, dentists are actually gentle, compassionate people who want to make a positive difference in their patients’ health.
So here’s the truth about root canals:
- Root canals are not painful.
We take care to make sure that you are completely numb before we perform any procedure. If at any point during the root canal you start to feel anxious or concerned, just raise your hand and we will stop what we are doing to check in with you. You may feel some discomfort following the procedure once the anesthetic wears off and your body’s natural healing process takes over, but this can typically be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses. Dr. Forte will review aftercare with you at your appointment.
- Root canals save teeth.
We use root canals to repair trauma to the tooth and treat infections. Without treatment, it’s likely that you will lose your tooth. Tooth loss comes with a whole new set of problems, including shifting teeth, changes to the bone in your gums, and changes in your bite that can set off a problematic chain reaction.
- Root canals save you money.
Saving your tooth with a root canal prevents further damage to the tooth and takes away the costs associated with having to replace a tooth. While bridges are cheaper than implants, they won’t prevent bone loss in the area of the missing tooth and will eventually need to be replaced as the positioning of your teeth shifts.
Do you have more questions about root canals? We welcome them! Call our office today at 708-387-7366 to ask your questions or to schedule a consultation with Brookfield dentist Dr. Forte.