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Much Ado About Root Canals

Much Ado About Root Canals
  • April 13, 2016

Did you ever wake up in the morning and say to yourself, “Boy, I really want to get a root canal today?”

At the risk of painting with too broad of a brush, I’d wager that it’s pretty likely that only, say, six people in the history of the world have ever come close to such a declaration.

The reason for that should be self-evident: Root canals are the most painful thing in the world, right?

Wrong.

A lot of what you think you know about root canals comes from popular culture, which isn’t exactly the best source of scientifically accurate information about general dentistry and endodontics. Call me crazy, but I generally don’t get much science news from my my favorite sitcoms.

But that hasn’t stopped people from acting otherwise, and as a result one of the most helpful and relatively pain-free dental procedures has one of the worst, most undeserved reputations in all of dentistry. Root canals are unfairly the butt of too many jokes, with pain as the punchline.

The ironic part of all of this is that root canals actually relieve pain; it’s what can happen when you fail to get a root canal from your Nashua dentist that the real pain and destruction begins in earnest.

In reality, a root canal can help you to save a tooth that will eventually need to be extracted and completely replaced, but thanks to all of that false information, you might avoid that root canal all together and jeopardize the health of your entire smile in the process.

If you need a root canal but fail to get one, you not only increase your chances of developing complications which result in the loss of the tooth in question, but you will also increase the likelihood that you develop other harmful conditions like tooth decay, abscesses, and gum disease. Any of those can derail your smile and threaten more teeth, and gum disease can lead to serious illnesses, including stroke, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and more.

So a root canal is not only a way to ease pain, but it’s a way to prevent new pain from developing at all.

 

Root Canal Breakdown: Step By Step

I find that a lot of the basis for a patient’s fear of a root canal treatment is that they simply don’t know what root canal treatment is. We’re often afraid of what we don’t know, so let me fill in the blanks!

When we talk about a root canal, we are trying to address a problem inside of the tooth, particularly the root. This root supplies the tooth with blood and other nutrients to keep it alive and healthy, but it can become infected as a result of improper oral hygiene, cavities, and other nasty problems.

If given enough time, an infected, damaged tooth root and the surrounding pulp can cause your tooth to rot from the inside out. The result is a tooth that will eventually fail, either with a whimper or a bang; it’s just a matter of time before one or the other happens.

I use the latest rotary hand piece technology to gain access to the infected pulp inside of your tooth and remove it. I can provide you with anesthetics to help reduce and eliminate your discomfort.

Once that is taken care of, I will then clean out the interior of your tooth, making sure to care for the root, as well. Then it is just a simple matter of filling the tooth and cleaning up your smile with a thorough cleaning, and you’re all set!

Typically, a root canal procedure can be performed in just one afternoon appointment, so you can conveniently take care of this problem on a schedule that works for you.

 

Speaking Of One Afternoon Appointment…

You can’t experience any of these benefits and the relief that comes with them if you don’t make your appointment with me to get this done and over with.

Every day you wait can turn into another week, and that week can easily turn into a month. Before you know it, the window of opportunity will have closed, and you will dealing with a seriously sick tooth that could drag the rest of your smile down with it.

So quit hesitating and let me take a look. I can be reached at 603-546-7460, or you may click here to request an appointment online.