Decades ago, root canals were thought of as uncomfortable procedures. Happily, things have changed! Root canals are now painless and quick
(honestly). Unfortunately, the mention of root canals still makes people nervous. Our Pittsburgh endodontist office hears a lot of myths floating around about this procedure that we want to clear up.
Myth: Root canals are painful.
Fact: Root canals are painless. (Really!) The aesthesia that is used during a root canal completely numbs the area. You don’t feel anything throughout the procedure, so it’s very much like getting a cavity filled. Modern aesthesia has made this a very routine procedure.
Myth: Root canals take all day.
Fact: Root canals are completed in a couple of hours—often less. When endodontists perform a root canal, they have advanced equipment available that makes the procedure quick, as well as painless. When someone says that a root canal takes hours, they’re talking about many years ago. Today’s root canals don’t take long, and you don’t have to miss a day of work.
Myth: The healing process after a root canal takes a long time.
Fact: Your root canal will heal quickly. The area where the root canal was performed may feel sore, so your endodontist may suggest that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever, and you should also eat soft foods for a few days. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to eat normally until your general dentist places your crown.
Myth: Root canals aren’t necessary. Just have the tooth pulled!
Fact: Root canals save your teeth. The thing is, you don’t WANT to get a tooth pulled unless absolutely necessary. In the past, maybe your parents or grandparents had teeth pulled when they had a problem, but that’s not what the proper treatment is now. Pulling a tooth means that unless you replace that tooth with a partial bridge, the teeth on either side will start to move into the space left from your missing tooth. That will affect your bite, plus your ability to chew and your speech. These problems can all be avoided with a root canal that leaves your tooth in place. Following the root canal procedure, you’ll be provided with a crown that looks just like your original tooth, and you’ll be able to chew just as you could before.
Pittsburgh Painless Root Canal
If you think you may need a root canal, or your general dentist suggests that you get this treatment, give Endodontics in Cranberry a call. Dr. Semashko and his staff will make you feel comfortable, and they’re available to answer any questions before or after the procedure. Don’t endure tooth pain any longer!