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4 Important Truths About Root Canal Treatment

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — 32andu @ 4:24 pm
Illustration of a root canal treatment being performed

Every year, over 15 million root canal treatments are performed to save infected teeth and put a stop to tooth pain. But even if you’re told that you need a root canal, you may be somewhat reluctant to undergo the procedure. Learning more about root canals can go a long way toward soothing any worries you might have. Here are 4 key root canal facts that every patient should know.

Fact 1: Root Canal Treatments Aren’t as Painful as People Think

Root canal treatment is often viewed as an unusually painful dental procedure, but the reality is quite different. The dentist performing the procedure will do all they can to help you stay comfortable throughout the process. In fact, many patients find that root canal treatment involves no more discomfort than having a filling placed.

Fact 2: Saving a Tooth with a Root Canal Is Better Than Extracting It

Some people are tempted to simply have the tooth in question removed instead of having root canal treatment performed. However, this decision is not without its consequences. When a tooth is missing, the teeth next to the gap will start to drift toward the empty space, throwing off the alignment of your bite. And even if you choose to have the tooth replaced, you will have to factor in the cost of a bridge, denture, or dental implant.

Meanwhile, if you undergo root canal treatment, you can save your tooth and continue to enjoy the benefits that come with having a complete smile. In short, it’s better to save your tooth whenever you can.

Fact 3: Even If Your Tooth Stops Hurting, You May Still Need a Root Canal

If your tooth pain has stopped, you may be wondering if a root canal treatment is still necessary. However, even if you aren’t currently experiencing discomfort, that doesn’t mean that the infection has gone away. In fact, the lack of pain may be a sign that the nerves inside the tooth have died, meaning the infection is more serious than ever and needs to be treated before it can spread.

Fact 4: After Your Root Canal, the Tooth will be Protected with a Crown

Once root canal treatment is complete, your dentist will take steps to protect the tooth in question from further infection. This generally means restoring the tooth with a high-quality crown, which can be made out of a variety of materials depending on your needs. Thanks to this crown, your treated tooth will be well-protected from further issues.

Is there anything else you want to know about root canal treatment? Let your dentist know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this important procedure.

 About the Author

Dr. Ryan Bygness graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery. His Denison practice, 32 & You Family Dental & Orthodontic Arts, offers both general dental services and high-quality orthodontic care. He can schedule same-day appointments for patients with dental emergencies, and he can use root canal treatment to save infected teeth. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bygness, visit his website or call (712) 263-3252.

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