What you need to know about a root canal

And why there is no reason to worry about root canals.

So you need a root canal? But you heard all the stories. And it didn’t sound fun. But the truth is that root canals are really no big deal in 2023. Trust us. In fact, you will likely be very happy you finally dealt with this troublemaker of a tooth. But knowledge is power. And so we compiled everything you need to know about root canals. To learn more about root canals, here.

  1. What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure to treat an infected or damaged tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing the tooth to prevent further infection.

  1. Why is a root canal necessary?

A root canal is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to a deep cavity, a cracked tooth, repeated dental procedures, or trauma. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding tissues and cause serious health problems.

  1. What happens during a root canal procedure?

During a root canal procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth and then remove the infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth. They will then clean the inside of the tooth and fill it with a special material to prevent further infection. Sometimes, a crown may be placed on the tooth to provide additional protection.\"Root

  1. How long does a root canal take?

The length of a root canal procedure depends on the infection’s severity and the tooth’s complexity. Most root canals can be completed in one or two appointments, but some may require multiple visits. During your exam with Dr. Wheatley, he can determine the extent of your needs, and your treatment plan will outline what all needs to be done for the most successful outcome possible.

  1. Is a root canal painful?

Root canals are typically not painful, as Dr. Wheatley will numb the area around the tooth before beginning the procedure. After the procedure, some mild discomfort and sensitivity may occur, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

  1. What is the success rate of a root canal?

Root canals have a high success rate, with over 95 percent of successful cases. However, following your dentist\’s instructions for aftercare is essential to ensure the best possible outcome.

  1. How can I prevent the need for a root canal?

To prevent the need for a root canal, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. So, have you made your cleaning appointment with our hygienist Emily lately? Additionally, wearing a mouthguard during sports or other physical activities can help prevent trauma to the teeth.

Why are people afraid of root canals?

Root canals have garnered a reputation they don’t deserve. For some reason, many people are afraid of root canals, which are a highly effective treatment, for many reasons.

  1. Pain: Many people associate dental procedures with pain, and root canals have a reputation for being particularly painful. However, with modern anesthesia and techniques, most patients experience little to no pain during the procedure.
  2. Fear of the unknown: If a person has never had a root canal before, they may be nervous about the procedure and what to expect. Hence, this blog post. The more you know, the better prepared you feel.
  3. Fear of dental instruments: Some people are uncomfortable with the idea of dental instruments being used inside their mouth, especially if they have had negative experiences with dental procedures in the past.
  4. Cost: Root canals can be expensive, and some people may be worried about the cost of the procedure. However, insurance usually covers them, and we have many other ways to pay for your treatment.
  5. Dental anxiety or phobia: Some people may have dental anxiety or phobia, which can make any dental procedure, including root canals, seem overwhelming or frightening. Learn more about dental anxiety here.

It is important to remember that root canals are a standard and safe procedure that can help alleviate pain and save a damaged tooth. We encourage all our patients to discuss any concerns with their dentist, who can provide reassurance and answer any questions.

Please remember root canals are much better than their rep. Read about the many Root Canal Myths here. Call (405) 857-6453 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wheatley. Tecumseh Ridge Dental of Norman accepts most insurance plans. Financing is available.

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