Tuesday, March 12, 2013
What Exactly Is A Root Canal?
There is so much misinformation about root canals in the public. For some reason most people are incredibly terrified of root canals. This may be due to many people on television over dramatizing root canals. We may also have friends and family telling us their horror stories with root canals.
Here's a little secret.............ROOT CANALS DON'T HURT!
Many of you may be asking yourselves how this could be the case. The problem is that the vast majority of the population does not visit a dentist except for when there is an emergency. When you have an infected or inflamed tooth, there can be significant pain. This will prompt a visit with the dentist. The dentist may then tell them that they need a root canal. They will then associate the pain and the root canal. However, the root canal doesn't cause pain. The pain is the result of an infected or inflamed tooth. The good news is that once you're numb, there is no pain with the actual procedure.
So what do we do in these cases? A root canal!
A root canal is really quite simple. The sole goal of a root canal is to remove the pus, bacteria and diseased/necrotic tissue. That's all it really is. Once the canals are thoroughly cleaned, we then seal the canals to prevent recontamination of the canal spaces. In the radiograph (x-ray) below, you'll see an example of two teeth that have been treated. Notice the black areas at the tips of the root. These are areas that have an abscess. The white areas are the canal spaces that have been sealed.
If you understand what I just said about root canals, you will no longer fear them. I hope this has helped the fearful.
Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit www.advanced-smiles.com.