Root canal. Who knew that two simple words could strike fear into the hearts of such a large number of people? For years, root canal, also referred to as root canal therapy or an endodontic procedure, has been a buzzword for describing experiences that are particularly drawn out, painful, or unpleasant. However, this misconception about root canal therapy couldn’t be further from the truth. Dr. Aziza Askari, your Farmington Hills dentist and root canal provider, separates fact from fiction regarding this surprisingly conservative procedure.
Examining the Hype about Root Canals
Talk to the average person about root canal therapy and the first two things they’ll mention are:
- The lengthiness of the procedure. Removing infected pulp from within the tooth is certainly an involved procedure that can last up to a few hours, depending on the complexity of the canals. However, thanks to technological advances in the instruments, materials, and techniques used in root canal therapy, this complex procedure can be performed with a higher level of precision than in years past.
- The discomfort associated with the procedure. Root canal therapy’s reputation for being a painful procedure is inaccurate. During the procedure, the tooth and the surrounding area are fully numbed, so patients feel nothing more than a bit of pressure. Furthermore, most dentists can provide gentle sedation, such as nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, to help increase the patient’s sense of relaxation. Because the source of discomfort (i.e. the infected pulp) is removed, patients can expect this procedure to alleviate their pain.
Root Canals Can Save Your Teeth
According to the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists), one of the biggest misconceptions about root canal therapy is the idea that pulling a tooth is preferable to treating it with a root canal. Actually, conserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible is almost always preferable to total extraction. During a root canal procedure, the infected pulp is removed, the canals are disinfected and filled in with a biocompatible rubbery substance, and the tooth’s function and appearance are restored with a crown or filling. Thus, root canal therapy successfully saves the hard structure of the tooth.
Gentle Root Canal Therapy Your Farmington Hills Dentist
If you are experiencing pain, sensitivity, or strange sensations in one of your teeth, call our office immediately. If root canal therapy is advised, rest assured that the experts at Comfort Dental Spa will restore the health and function of your tooth in a way that emphasizes patient care and comfort. Call the Comfort Dental Spa office at (248) 474-6434 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aziza Askari today. We serve patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.