A curly haired woman cringes in pain because she needs root canal therapy

Should I Be Afraid of Root Canals?

August 31, 2021 4:46 am | Published by |

Root canal therapy is a tooth-saving procedure with a bad reputation. With this blog post, we hope to help you feel more informed and less afraid about this virtually painless restorative procedure.

Who Needs a Root Canal?

If you experience damage to one of your teeth due to dental decay or trauma, your tooth may become exposed to harmful bacteria. This puts the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues inside the tooth at risk of infection and sensitivity. Should infection occur, a root canal procedure will be performed to stop the spread of the infection, which in turn will relieve the pain and save your tooth.

Understanding the Root Canal Procedure

When you come in for your root canal procedure, you’ll initially be numbed, and then a small hole will be drilled in the tooth. This allows us to access the inside of the tooth and clean out the infected tooth pulp. That’s the main goal of the procedure. Once completed, we’ll thoroughly clean the area, seal the tooth, and place a filling or dental crown to protect it. Root canals are often performed in just one visit to our office, although for more extensive damage they may require two visits.

Are Root Canals Painful?

The most common question we get about root canals is whether or not they’re painful. While they have a history of being painful, that’s all in the past. Thanks to modern dental technology you don’t have to worry about pain during your root canal. Not only will you be completely comfortable during the procedure, the root canal will help you avoid future pain from infection and decay.

Restorative Dentistry in Wolcott, CT

Restorative procedures like root canals can completely change the way your mouth looks and feels. In addition to restorative dentistry, our office provides a variety of other dental services, including preventive, cosmetic, emergency, and kids’ dentistry. Schedule an appointment today at Dental Health Associates!


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