Hearing that you need root canal therapy might fill you with dread. It’s common for patients to be a little afraid of these dental problems, especially if it’s the first time you have experienced this situation. But the truth is that root canal treatments are safe and often no more uncomfortable than a simple filling.
Nashua Family Dentistry is here to help you overcome your smile flaws and eliminate dental fear.
We are using dental sedation to help patients stay at ease in the dental chair or even fix several dental problems at once. Root canal therapy has gotten a bad rep over the years, but today we are using comfortable tools and technique to make this procedure more comfortable than ever before. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t be concerned about root canal therapy.
Root canals save the tooth
We understand being a little nervous about dental work, but know that root canal therapy actually saves the tooth. Actually, it might save more than one tooth. A root canal is needed whenever there is an abscess at the root of the tooth or dental decay has reached the dental pulp. Like any infection, if it’s not removed, it can spread. So, it’s possible for the infection to move to your healthy teeth, creating even worse dental problems. So, the only two ways to treat a root infection of dental pulp infection is with extraction or root canal.
Root canals aren’t dangerous
There is a misconception that root canals are actually dangerous to your health. This is a myth that goes way back. In fact, it’s actually more than 100 years old. The theory was that the filling material used was harmful to a person’s health and caused problem even as severe as cancer. You might read about these theories on the Internet, but understand that known of these theories have been proven. Countless studies have found that root canals are not dangerous. It’s also worth noting that the dentist who was linked to this theory advocated extractions.
Root canals are comfortable and successful
We dentists and endodontists (root canal therapy specialists) have been doing root canals for many decades. Today’s materials are more malleable than ever before, so we can complete the entire procedure with little to no discomfort. And if you need it, we can provide sedation to keep you comfortable in the chair. It’s also estimated that root canals are success about 98 percent of the time. Those are great treatment odds that you’re not likely to find in many medical procedures. Also, it’s possible for a root canal to last for the rest of your life.
Once we have complete root canal therapy on the tooth, we’ll fill the tooth and then prepare it for a dental crown. The crown will help you keep the tooth strong and functional for years to come. We can find great durable crowns at our office.
We’d love to see you in our office. So give us a call 603-574-4394 today to schedule an appointment.