One of the biggest myths and misconceptions in dentistry is about root canals. It is fairly accepted that root canals are exceptionally painful and traumatic as far as dental procedures go, but the reputation does not match the reality of the procedure. In truth, root canal treatments are fairly similar to having a cavity filled and are actually used to relieve the pain caused by significant tooth decay, infections and dental trauma. Dr. Julee Weidner, your dentist in Mesa, AZ, recommends that you familiarize yourself with the procedure before treatment, and ask questions in order to help ease your nerves and help to reduce anxiety before treatment. Postponing or skipping a root canal over fears about pain will actually make the problem worse, and likely lead to more pain and even potential tooth loss in the future.
Root Canal Treatment in Mesa, AZ
The teeth are filled with soft tissue known as pulp, which contains a network of nerves and blood vessels. When the pulp is exposed to bacteria through extensive tooth decay or a cracked or broken tooth, a root canal may be necessary to remove any bacteria and damaged tissue in order to save the tooth. The pain that many people associate with root canals actually results from the injury, not the treatment. In this regard, a root canal actually relieves pain. According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canals offer the following benefits:
- Saves tooth from extraction, which is a much more intensive and traumatic procedure. Once a tooth is lost, additional treatment and investments in dental restorations will be necessary to fix your smile and oral health
- Preserves natural bite and tooth alignment
- Helps to stabilize surrounding teeth
- Maintains ability to chew and speak clearly
- Maintains your smile’s cosmetic appearance
Find a Dentist in Mesa, AZ
If you are suffering from tooth pain or a dental injury like a broken tooth, contact Dental Care of Mesa by calling (480) 290-7777 to schedule an appointment today.