The primary purpose of a root canal is to relieve pain, not cause pain, yet many patients fear the procedure. During a root canal, your dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp and nerves inside the tooth — eliminating what was causing tooth pain.
Most patients report feeling little to no discomfort during the procedure, thanks to numbing agents and local anesthesia. In fact, after a successful root canal procedure, many patients report being relieved of pain.
At Hometown Family Dental Centers in Fayetteville, Raeford, and Vass, North Carolina, you can get a root canal from an experienced dental expert without fear or pain. Our top-notch staff is dedicated to providing superior service when it comes to quality care for your oral health needs.
We know it can be nerve-racking to schedule a root canal procedure, but here’s a closer look at what this procedure is all about and why there isn’t anything to fear.
1. Root canals themselves aren’t painful
Have you been avoiding a needed root canal because you’re worried the procedure will hurt? Fortunately, with modern technology and anesthetics, getting a root canal isn't any more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling.
Don't let scary myths of root canal treatments worry you. This procedure isn’t painful. If your tooth is infected and has been causing discomfort, treating it with a root canal brings relief. The procedure stops infection in its tracks without any extra stress or worry about painful experiences down the line.
2. A root canal saves your natural tooth
Your dentist will typically recommend a root canal procedure for treatment if you have an infection inside of your tooth. Treating the tooth allows you to keep your natural smile intact while relieving any pain caused by infection or inflammation.
Without root canal treatment, the only alternative is extraction, as bacteria from the infection could cause further oral health issues. But root canals have a 95% success rate, so treatment will likely fix the problem, allowing you to keep your original tooth.
3. Root canals protect your oral health
This procedure is much more comprehensive than just filling the cavity inside your tooth. Removing the infected pulp stops the spread of decay in your mouth and jawbone and helps maintain the integrity of your other teeth. A root canal treatment saves the existing tooth and minimizes added stress on neighboring teeth.
4. Root canals save you money
By putting off a root canal, the decay worsens, and more expensive tooth replacement options that may be required later on, such as dental implants or bridges, if you need to have the tooth removed. Investing in a root canal now will ensure your teeth and jaw remain healthy and strong for years to come.
We understand if you’re nervous about getting a root canal, but if you have tooth pain, we can help. Whatever your dental needs, you can rest assured that the team provides top-quality care when you need it most. Call Hometown Family Dental Centers or use this secure online form to request an appointment.