With root canal treatment, find out why you have nothing to fear but fear itself.
It’s common to be fearful of the unknown. This can be particularly true for those about to undergo any new medical procedure. If your dentist recommended getting a root canal, you probably have some reservations. Whether you have a dental phobia or not, you can still feel anxiety around a completely new procedure. Here is everything you need to know about your upcoming root canal so you can breathe a little easier when you turn to our Longwood, FL, dentist Dr. Ilya Freyman for a root canal.
Why do I need a root canal?
We hear this question a lot. No one likes the idea of needing dental treatment; however, root canals are extremely common and happen every day. If our dentist told you that you need a root canal it’s because the inside of the tooth, also known as the pulp, is either infected or inflamed. You may have come into our office complaining of severe dental pain. The only way to eliminate your pain and preserve the tooth is to remove the pulp and stop the infection at the source.
What is a root canal?
We will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area so you won’t feel pain during your procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect we will drill into the tooth, remove the infected pulp and clean out the inside of your tooth to clear up the infection. Once this is complete, we will either fill your tooth with a tooth-like resin (the same material used in a dental filling) or we will most likely place a dental crown over your tooth to protect it from further damage. If your tooth is significantly weakened due to the infection, we will definitely cap your tooth with a dental crown for added protection.
Is a root canal painful?
Everyone worries about his or her upcoming dental procedure; however, while root canals have certainly gotten a bad reputation over the years the procedure is no more complicated than getting a tooth filled. Most of our patients who come in for a root canal here in Longwood, FL, are in so much pain that they are amazed at how quickly the treatment actually alleviates their symptoms.
If you have severe anxiety over dental procedures, talk to us about sedation, which can help you feel relaxed and calm during your next visit. There is no reason why you need to feel stressed out just because of your dental appointment. Ask us about our sedation dentistry options and whether it would be right for you.
If you have any questions or concerns about your root canal that we didn’t answer, feel free to give us a call. Our Longwood, FL, family dentist Dr. Freyman and her team are always here to make your dental experience simpler and stress-free. If you are experiencing a toothache and need to get in to see our dental team, call us at (407) 260-0224.