We get it: you’re worried about receiving a root canal. Yes, the name itself has long had the power to drive fear through the hearts of even the most experienced dentist-goer, but we are here to reassure you about the procedure.
After all, it’s not the 90s anymore, and in most cases pain associated with the root canal is minimal and goes away not long after the procedure!
Let’s take a look at why you don’t have to worry about this procedure:
1. The procedure relieves pain (& not causes it!)
It’s not the procedure itself that causes pain, it’s the lack of receiving treatment that sustains the pain! Once you recover from this procedure (which in modern times is similar to a dental filling), you really shouldn’t continue to experience any pain.
2. They can save your natural teeth
At the end of the day, what’s more concerning: receiving a tooth-saving treatment or losing the tooth to your problem? After all, saving the tooth is a better option than having to receive an implant or bridge after losing it to a problem.
3. It can help your overall health
These particular dental problems can cause infections that can spread throughout the mouth and even into the bloodstream. Therefore, this treatment can stop this risky health problem before it has any opportunity to exacerbate.
4. There have been many anaesthetic advancements
Whilst there may not have been as good quality numbing agents back in the day, things have come a long way since then, and you can now have much better anaesthetic experiences when you receive this treatment. If you were worried that any pain this treatment caused in the past was still prevalent you will be happy to know that things have changed and you won’t have to experience as much discomfort.
5. Improved dental technology
Today’s drills, lasers and X-rays are designed with your comfort close in mind. If you were worried about this technology causing problems, you can relax with a greater piece of mind that they are more patient-friendly these days.
6. The treatment is relatively quick & easy
Once again, the root canal has come a very long way! Today, it is a relatively quick and easy treatment, due to the enhanced technology and treatments.
7. There is less post-treatment pain
Today, there is less time needed to recover from the treatment as well as less pain when relaxing post-treatment. Most people are able to return to their daily routine the day after the treatment.
8. It simply does not make you sick
There is absolutely no evidence to give testament to this myth. This vital procedure will not somehow lead to you getting ill, with more risk of illness stemming from not receiving the treatment!
9. They have a high success rate
This treatment has an incredibly high success rate, with 95% of people happy with their post-treatment results. This means that after the treatment it is highly likely that you will never have to receive any new treatments on that particular tooth.
10. It’s just a lot easier these days
Modern dental advancements – like other medical advancements – are designed to make treatments easier and more painless (obviously!), and you can trust that the same has occurred with root canal. Today, you can relax with the knowledge that your upcoming treatment will be relatively pain-free and one which will allow you to get back to your normal routine in absolutely no time!