Why Root Canals are Less Nightmarish Than You Think
Cartoons and movies may have given you the idea that root canals are the stuff of nightmares, but nothing could be further from the truth. After all, you’re not going to see a mad scientist; you’re going to see a compassionate, experienced dentist who knows how to keep you comfortable throughout the whole procedure. He or she is there to help you, not hurt you.
Knowing about the details of the procedure often helps patients to feel less nervous if they need a root canal. If you’re one of those people, please use the description below to familiarize yourself with root canals. There’s nothing to be afraid of, and we want you to be as calm and relaxed as possible during the procedure.
Sit Back and Relax: Root Canals aren’t Bad at All!
Here’s what you can expect to happen during a root canal:
1. The dentist will give you nitrous oxide. The dentist wants you to stay relaxed, so if you need valium or laughing gas to help you feel at ease, he or she will give it to you.
2. The dentist will numb your mouth. The dentist might simply inject your mouth first, which will cause pressure and make your nerves twinge for a moment, or he or she might rub a local anaesthetic onto your gums first. If the dentist rubs the jelly-like anaesthetic on first, you’ll feel only pressure when he or she injects the stronger anaesthetic. The stronger anaesthetic should numb your teeth, gums, tongue and cheeks.
3. The dentist will put a rubber dam inside your mouth. The dam will go around the decayed tooth and keep liquid and debris from flying around your mouth. It’ll feel like any other plastic, and this way you don’t have to taste what the dentist is doing.
4. The dentist will drill the pulp out of the tooth. Now your dentist will get to work removing the decayed materials. Your dentist will drill into the tooth, and you’ll feel pressure and vibrations during this part of the process. It may even tickle slightly. However, if you feel any pain at all, stop the dentist and have him or her give you more anaesthetics.
5. The dentist will install a temporary filling while waiting for the permanent crown. After your dentist has finished drilling away the decayed material, he or she will fit you for a permanent crown, but you’ll also get a temporary filling while you wait for specialists to create the permanent one.
The entire process will be quick, and it should also be painless.
Need a Root Canal?
If you don’t know who to turn to for this kind of treatment, call our dental office. Our dentists have plenty of experience with successful root canals, so you can relax knowing that you’ll have compassionate, qualified professionals working on your mouth. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!