When you think of a root canal, do you automatically cringe and imagine something painful and extremely unpleasant? Perhaps due to older, less comfortable dental technology and techniques, as a society we have grown to equate root canals with extreme pain, but that is actually not the case at all. You can experience a pain free root canal here at Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY. Learn about the many benefits of root canals below.
In fact, the root canal of your tooth is actually just the pulp-filled inner part of a tooth. When decay becomes so severe that it affects that pulp, a root canal procedure must be performed to save the tooth from extraction. During this procedure, all of the decay affecting the tooth and all of the infected pulp are drilled out. An inert filler is then used to replace the pulp. Then the tooth is rebuilt and prepared for a permanent crown.
Root Canals Are Not Painful Procedures
All of this is done under local anesthesia, so you will not feel anything while the pulp is being drilled out, while the filler is put in place or while your tooth is prepared for a crown (which may happen at a second visit). Contrary to popular belief, this incredibly effective treatment involves no pain at all while you are in the dentist’s chair.
After the procedure is finished, your dentist may prescribe some pain medication, but most patients find that over-the-counter nSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen are enough to handle any aching or pain when the anesthetic wears off.
Stop Tooth Pain Fast
In fact, if you need a root canal, you are likely already in much more pain than you will feel at any point during or after your treatment. Teeth with infected pulp usually cause patients a great deal of pain and they make it difficult to chew solid food or enjoy normal activities without pain medication. You can say goodbye to all of that pain as soon as you have a root canal performed.
Finally, the most significant benefit of a root canal, is that this procedure is a minimally invasive means to avoid extracting a tooth that has a large amount of decay. If the decay is allowed to continue to spread, the tooth will continue to cause you pain and it will fester until it falls out or needs to be extracted. Worse yet, the decay and infection that affect one tooth can spread to others as well.
To find out more about how a root canal can benefit you, contact us at Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY by phone at 718-984-7700 or by filling out our online contact form.