Root canal treatment is a procedure that generates a lot of discussion and exaggeration. If you listen to the myths that have grown up around it, it is a painful procedure that is to be avoided at all costs. However, are these myths the definitive truth? Find out below as your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, responds to your most frequently asked questions about root canal treatment.
Is root canal treatment painful?
While root canal treatment does require the use of a drill and other small instruments to access the nerve-filled pulp of a tooth, it is performed with anesthesia to numb the tooth and ensure patient comfort. Following the procedure, patients typically report feeling a dull throbbing that can be treated with prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers.
Should I choose an extraction over root canal treatment?
In most cases, it is better to choose root canal treatment because this procedure acts to preserve the tooth in question. Extracting a tooth can lead to complications such as bone density loss in the jawbone and even further tooth loss (the domino effect). In the case of a patient with a weak immune system, however, extraction may be a better option to ensure that the body is completely rid of the infection.
I’ve heard that root canals cause illness. Is that true?
It isn’t. Root canal treatment actually removes a bacterial infection from the body. The procedure is performed when a tooth’s pulp becomes infected and acts to remove the infected pulp to preserve the tooth. By removing the infection, root canal treatment can actually prevent illness rather than cause it.
Schedule a Visit with Your Polk City Dentist
Do you have a tooth in need of root canal treatment? Don’t put off this useful procedure any longer. Contact your Polk City dentist, Dr. Hussong, today by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001 to schedule an appointment or a consultation. Located in the 50226 area, we proudly welcome families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.