Dr. Scott Chandler, DMD knows that the two words “root canal” can evoke fear, whether you live in Park City, Nashville, or anywhere in the world. The truth is, this fear is born mostly of horror stories that hold no merit. Today we are going to look at why you shouldn’t fear those two little words.
It’s A Simple Procedure
There is a common misconception that the root canal is, in fact, a highly complicated procedure. This is not the case. First of all, you will receive a local anesthetic, which will numb your mouth. The dentist will then drill a tiny hole into the root of your tooth. This hole is to access the infection in the tooth. You shouldn’t feel any of this procedure due to the local anesthetic.
After the pulp is removed, it will be replaced with a strengthening material called gutta-percha. Gutta-percha will add strength to the tooth and prevent the return of bacteria.
Well, believe it or not, a root canal is likely to be less painful than an extraction. You will be in no more pain or discomfort than if you have a filling. The best advice you can take is to load up an audiobook and relax through the procedure.
Talk To Your Dentist
Talking to your dentist is vital. Not during the procedure of course, but before the procedure. Remember, all dentists deal with nervous patients every single day. Raising any concerns and questions, you may have with your dentist will be the best way to settle your mind. Your dentist should always be at hand to address any concerns you may have.