Did you know that a root canal is actually the space that exists within the root of your teeth? Within this space is a pulp chamber, the main canal and smaller more complex interconnected branches that are connected to the surface of the tooth. The dental pulp that is present in the canal is what nourishes and hydrates the tooth, making it stronger and resilient. It is also what causes sensations of hot and cold in the teeth.
The root canal treatment is actually what most people refer to when they say they are opting for a root canal. It is required when the pulp in the root canal becomes infected or inflamed. During the root canal treatment, the pulp is cleaned out and space is disinfected. The canal is then cleaned and the tooth is restored to full functionality using additional necessary treatments.
When the dentist suggests you need a root canal, usually your first instinct is to think about the pain. While stories of root canal pain are legendary, the truth is they might actually be more legend than reality. When it comes to dental treatments, it is important to separate fact from fiction so that you can make an informed decision. Here’s a look at some of the most prevalent myths regarding root canals.
1. Root Canals are painful
A few decades ago, root canal treatments were indeed painful. Over the decades, techniques have evolved so that the procedure is no longer as painful as it once was. In fact for many patients, the pain is negligent compared to the pain caused by the infected tooth.
The truth is that root canal treatments are designed to help remove the pain caused by the infected tooth. At Dentzz, we offer painless root canal treatments that are comfortable and completed within half an hour. That ensures that any discomfort is minimal.
2. They require multiple visits to the dentist
Root canal treatments are simple and can be completed in a single sitting. The procedure at Dentzz is designed to be able to accommodate 6 root canals in a single sitting, making for a simple and efficient process. This means you only have to return to us for aftercare solutions and for any procedures that might be required to restore the tooth to normal functionality.
3. You don’t need a root canal if you have no pain
While dental pain is usually a good indicator that you need a root canal, the converse is not necessarily true. You can need a root canal without feeling any prior dental pain. This is because sometimes the roots of the teeth are dead or are dying, a situation which necessitates a root canal but causes you no pain. Temperature testing, percussion testing or tests using a pulp vitality machine are used to ascertain the requirement for a root canal. Once we obtain conclusive results we recommend root canal treatment only where necessary.