Even after someone or something changes, it can take a while before perception catches up with reality. This is especially true of one of the most common procedures you’ll find at a dentist’s office: the root canal. Modern medicine has virtually taken all the discomfort out of having a root canal performed, but perception still needs to catch up. Find out exactly what a root canal is and how much discomfort you can expect from the procedure.

What a Root Canal Does

Root canal therapy is often the best way to save a tooth that is being eaten alive by gum disease. The need for the procedure arises when a cavity in a tooth deepens until it reaches the tooth pulp, the tissue and nerves at the center of the tooth. To stop the cavity from completely destroying all of the nerves inside the tooth, which would kill the tooth, your dentist will remove the damaged tissue to protect the healthy tissue.

Your dentist will drill a small hole into the tooth, through the cavity, to reach the tooth pulp. From there, they’ll remove decayed pulp and pour a filling into the drill hole to encase and protect the healthy parts of the pulp. After that, your dentist will fill the hole completely and seal it.

Why It Isn’t Painful

Any work performed on or near nerves would be painful, if it wasn’t for local anesthetics. With a small injection at the root canal site, you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. Afterward, you’ll need to take basic painkillers every six to eight hours to keep the swelling and tenderness at the site down.

If you’re still anxious about having the procedure, talk to your dentist about sedation options. Sedation dentistry can slow down your racing mind and make your dental appointment much more pleasant.

Find Out More

Click here to set up an appointment to talk with a local dentist in Stuart, FL to learn more about getting a root canal or any other dental service. Be prepared to ask plenty of questions about root canal therapy and your oral health as a whole.