Root Canal Harrisonburg VA
For many people, the two scariest words are “root canal.” These words incite so much fear in a person, but it is unknown why. A root canal treatment can be so beneficial for your oral health, and the truth is that they are not even that painful. While the procedure can seem quite extensive, anesthetics are used during the process, so pain is minimal. It is about the same as getting a filling in your tooth. In fact, such a procedure can alleviate the pain you are experiencing from the tooth decay or infection.
The treatment can repair and save a badly decayed or infected tooth. During the procedure, the dentist creates an access hole in the affected tooth to remove the pulp and root from the tooth to get rid of the bacteria. The tooth is then cleaned using special files. The root canal is then filled with a material called gutta-percha, which is similar to rubber. The tooth is then sealed to prevent any more bacteria from entering the tooth. Sometimes medication may be placed inside the tooth before sealing.
Without prompt treatment, an abscess, or pocket of pus, can form around the tooth. This can lead to a serious infection, which can then result in swelling and even death.
After your treatment, a restoration such as a crown may be needed to strengthen the tooth, since it likely got damaged from the decay. Expect some sensitivity and minor pain after the procedure. Over-the-counter medications can help.
Many people avoid root canal treatments because they have heard so many horror stories. The truth is that what you have heard about this procedure is most likely a myth. If anything, getting a root canal treatment will help you. Here are some common myths:
- Root canal treatment is painful. This may have been true a few decades ago, but this is no longer the case. The pain is equivalent to getting a cavity filled. Today, there are many ways to prevent and alleviate pain.
- A tooth extraction is better. If possible, you should do what you can to save your teeth. Getting a tooth pulled just to avoid a root canal treatment does not make sense. Root canal treatment is highly successful and less expensive than pulling a tooth and getting it replaced.
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If you have a tooth that is decayed or infected, take quick action to protect it. A root canal treatment can relieve the pain, remove the decay and save your tooth. Don’t delay this treatment any longer. Ignore the myths about root canals and schedule a procedure today. Call Harrisonburg Family Dentistry today at (540) 209-8090. For your convenience, you can also schedule an appointment online. We look forward to helping you achieve your smile goals.