Root Canals: separating fact from myth | Restorative dentistry in Grande Prairie, AB
While we believe that prevention, in the form of excellent oral hygiene and regular cleanings and checkups, is the best cure for most oral health problems, we understand that most everyone gets cavities at some point in their lives. And if decay goes untreated for too long, it can worsen and lead to infection and inflammation in the root and pulp of the tooth. If this is the case, a root canal is necessary to clear out the infection and restore the tooth and surrounding tissues to a healthy state.
Often times when patients hear the words “root canal”, they react with dread. This need not be the case! Root canals are one of the most common and safe dental procedures. Below are a few common misconceptions related to root canal treatments:
It’s very painful
While there may be a little bit of discomfort involved in any dental treatment, root canals, when done properly, should not be any more uncomfortable than a regular filling. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the area, and medication can be prescribed to remedy any discomfort after the procedure. If you have anxiety about needles or going to the dentist in general, please do not hesitate to speak with our dental team beforehand to discuss methods available to help you relax.
It’s the most unpleasant dental procedure
When patients come in for a root canal, they are usually in a lot of discomfort due to the infection in their tooth. Once the freezing is in place, the patient will feel immediate relief from the pain, and should return to normal once the treatment is done. If left untreated, an infected tooth root will cause far more discomfort than a root canal ever will!
The infected tooth will be weakened or lost
At Boisson Dental Group, we believe in helping our patients keep their natural teeth whenever possible. If the pulp of the tooth is infected, then having a root canal is the best bet towards saving the tooth. A crown is used to strengthen and restore the tooth after the treatment.
At Boisson Dental Group, we strive to provide our patients with a safe and comfortable experience, and to allay any fears or misgivings they may have with education about the procedures we offer. We encourage open communication between patient and dental staff, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns either before or after your appointment.