We are excited for the opportunity to welcome back our patients and staff! With everyone's safety in mind during this unusual time, we have taken great care in implementing a comprehensive set of new protocols to ensure the lowest possible risk of disease transmission that follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A comprehensive list of changes to our office can be found here.
We look forward to seeing everyone again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
The mention of root canal treatment is usually enough to have patients cringing in fear. It makes them nervous. A root canal is a procedure in which the inside of your tooth gets cleaned after an infection if the tooth pulp.
The pulp infection is usually caused by a tooth abscess, severe tooth decay, facial trauma, damaged crowns, and cracked tooth or filling. Why do root canals make patients nervous?
Reasons Why People Are Nervous About Root Canals
It is believed that before the advancement of dental technology, no anesthetics were administered to patients before root canal treatment. It was, therefore, a very painful procedure for many. Even though we now have advanced dental technology and anesthetics are administered before any oral surgery, the fear of pain has stuck with the people.
Before the root canal is done, an x-ray is usually done to see the entire tooth and root area and determine the extent of the infection. People believe that x-rays emit radiation that can affect their health and even cause cancer. The amount of radiation emitted by dental x-rays is so low they don't have any effect on your health. They are even safe for use on children.
In most root canals, the affected tooth is just cleaned and restored instead of being removed. In cases of severe infection, the tooth is removed and replaced. Patients believe that this weakens their teeth. However, in case the infection affected the original tooth structure such that it cannot provide enough support to the teeth, the posts are usually used to provide additional support to the teeth.
The purpose of the root canal is to improve your dental health, not destroy it further. We will conduct your root canal at our clinic with the utmost consideration for your comfort. Schedule your root canal treatment today.