When people think about root canals, they often think such a restorative dentistry treatment would be painful. Fortunately, that’s fake news. It may have been true many decades ago when dentistry was still new, but a modern root canal procedure does not have to hurt.
Call our Hellertown, PA dental office today at 484-858-0949 and schedule a dental exam with our highly skilled and experienced Hellertown dentists. Dr. Hunsicker-Morrissey and Dr. Garuba can determine if you can benefit from a root canal. Then they can make sure it’s done while you feel comfortable.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is done when you have an infection inside a tooth. There are several signs that indicate you can have such an infection:
- You have a toothache (constant or one that comes and goes).
- Eating hot or cold foods causes discomfort.
- You have sore gums around one tooth in particular.
- Your tooth is a bit discolored.
If you have an infected tooth, you’re really facing two problems. First, it’s painful. Inside your tooth is dental pulp, which is home to all the nerves and blood vessels for a tooth. When this gets infected, those nerves keep getting triggered.
Worse, the infection attacks the blood vessels, too. This begins to starve the tooth, which starts to turn the enamel weak and brittle. A tooth with an infection is much more likely to crack, chip, and break apart in your mouth.
That’s why you need a dental exam from our Hellertown dentists. Digital X-rays can spot infections inside a tooth. Then a root canal procedure can remove the infection, making the tooth healthy, strong, and pain-free once again.
How Are Root Canals Done?
Because our dentists are both expertly trained and highly experienced, root canal procedures at our Hellertown, PA dental office are routine. Here’s what your root canal will probably look like:
- Digital X-rays are taken so our Hellertown dentist knows exactly where the infection is.
- The tooth is cleaned, and a local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
- A small opening is made in the tooth.
- Using special tools and training, our dentist gently removes the infected dental pulp.
- The space left behind is filled with an inert material.
- The tooth is covered with a dental crown that both closes the opening and adds a layer of protection to the tooth.
Root Canal Procedure Truths
If you are still wondering if a root canal could be what you need, here are the three most common myths and truths about root canal procedures.
MYTH: Root canals are very painful.
TRUTH: Root canals do not hurt at our Hellertown, PA dental office.
By far, this is the biggest myth. This might have been true a long time ago, but a modern root canal at our Hellertown, PA dental office does not hurt. Between local anesthetic and the modern training that both of our Hellertown dentists have, your root canal can be comfortable.
MYTH: Root canal procedures cause cancer, arthritis, and more.
TRUTH: Root canal procedures remove infections, not spread them.
Many decades ago, one dentist thought that a root canal would lead to other health problems, even arthritis and cancer. That story spread, and even though it was thoroughly debunked and proven wrong, you can still find it on the internet. The truth is simple: a root canal removes an infection. It actually makes you healthier.
MYTH: Root canals make your tooth weaker.
TRUTH: It’s the infection (that root canals remove) that makes a tooth weaker
Because an infected tooth gets weaker over time, some people began associating root canals done to those teeth with the weaker enamel. However, the true cause is not the root canal procedure but the infection itself. That’s what turns your enamel brittle. In fact, a root canal ends with a dental crown covering the tooth and making it stronger.
Call us TODAY at 484-858-0949 or contact us online to schedule your next dental exam. If you have a toothache or sore gums around a tooth, you could have an infection. Thankfully, you can get that removed with a root canal that does not hurt.