Save Your Tooth and No More Pain Than a Filling

There is probably one dental term that most people have heard, whether they visit the dentist twice per year or not. It is used in movies and joked about in social circles as a sign of pain: root canal treatment

First, there is nothing to fear about a root canal treatment. With advancement in dental technology, this is another procedure that will not leave you cringing in pain. If your dentist has prescribed that you require this treatment option, put aside the rumors, and learn the truth about how this procedure can significantly improve your teeth and oral health. 

What is a root canal treatment? 

A root canal is required when a tooth is damaged or diseased to a certain extent that a filling or other cleaning process would not help. There are millions of these treatments completed across the country every year,with the goal of saving a tooth from having to be extracted. 

Why do I need a root canal? 

Teeth are uniform in certain aspects of their construction and how they are built. Under the enamel of a person's teeth, there is a layer that is extremely hard, called “dentin.” Below this hard layer of dentin is a soft tissue called the “pulp.” 

Within the pulp layer, there are blood vessels, nerves and tissues that help in connecting the tooth to the root and jawbone. Moreover, when a tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the pulp. This is because it continues to be nourished by all the tissue surrounding it.

How painful is a root canal? 

This is one of the most commonly asked questions due to the over-dramatization of how a root canal is completed in dentist offices. Due to advancements in dental technology, there is no more pain than having a typical filling. The root canal treatment is considered routine and completed with no pain for the patient. 

Why worry about having a root canal? 

Although some people let fear get the best of them and do not realize that the procedure is a standard, they may put off having it done. This delay, in the long run, will cause more pain and discomfort. 

By having a root canal, you are taking the best step. You will be saving your natural tooth, which is a much smarter idea than not having the procedure and eventually losing the tooth. After a tooth is lost, it will take much more sophisticated and time-consuming procedures to fix and replace. 

Have more questions about a root canal treatment? Contact us today!

Having more questions or needing clarification on the specifics of a root canal treatment is never a bad thing! Our trained dental staff will happily answer questions. Scheduling a consultation with our dentist will get you the most personalized answers and help ease any worries you may still have. Contact us today! 

For more information or to schedule an appointment with James M. Adkins, DDS, request an appointment in our Plano dental office here: Or call us at (972) 638-5850.

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