Just How Scary Are Root Canals?

If the words “root canal” send shivers down your spine, you’ll be happy to know you really have nothing to fear. In the past 10 years, dental technology has evolved so much that root canals are nothing like they were in the past. All the horror stories your grandparents may have told you simply don’t apply anymore, thanks to medical advances in tools, technology and procedures.

In fact, most patients find that a root canal greatly relieves them of all the pain they have been in from the infection that made the procedure necessary in the first place. The pulp, or inside of the tooth, is full of nerves and blood vessels. When it becomes damaged or infected, it can cause serious pain that is only relieved when the infected pulp is removed.

A few signs you may need a root canal include:

  • A painful toothache that won’t go away
  • Sensitivity to temperature extremes, like very hot or cold foods or drinks
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Small bumps similar to pimples on the gums
  • Tenderness around the tooth and gums that may make it hard to chew

If you think you may need a root canal, there’s no reason to panic. Here are a few reasons why root canals simply aren’t as scary as they used to be:

Better Anesthesia

One area of advancement that has helped the entire medical community is better anesthesia. Newer medications increase the length of time the numbing agents work and help pinpoint areas of potential pain better.

Advanced Technology

Everything from the drills to X-rays and even lasers that are used in today’s root canal procedures are nothing like they were 10 years ago or even five years ago. Not only are tools designed with patient comfort in mind, but they’re also much more efficient.

Shorter Procedure

Thanks to more efficient tools, better anesthesia and improved procedure techniques, root canals can be done more quickly than ever, which means less time in the chair and a faster road to recovery and a pain-free mouth.

For more information about root canals or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lesko, call us today at 970-812-0355.