Our Epsom dentists offer answers to common questions about this much maligned procedure.
Root canal therapy is considered by many to be the dental procedure most feared. We have heard many misplaced concerns about this procedure and are regularly asked questions about it when we advise that the treatment is needed to save an infected tooth.
Below are just some of the more common questions we’ve been asked about root canal treatment at our Epsom dental practice. Also some answers to help allay your concerns.
Isn’t it extremely painful?
Perhaps because of rumours surrounding this particular treatment, some patients find it difficult to accept that this procedure is nowhere near as painful as they might expect. In fact, pain should not be felt at all due to the powerful anaesthetics and modern techniques we use.
Can’t you just take the tooth out?
Well, yes we could do that but it doesn’t make sense to do so where it can be avoided. A root canal procedure is an excellent way to save a tooth when the pulp in the canals has become infected.
Why do so many people dread it then?
Largely because of word of mouth. In all likelihood patients may have experienced severe pain from this procedure in the past. For some time, x-rays were not routinely carried out prior to the procedure and in some cases, unseen abscesses may have been present, which, without a doubt could be extremely painful. There is no risk of that happening now as x-rays are taken and if an abscess is detected, it will be treated before root canal treatment commences.
Won’t the tooth be weak?
The final part of a root canal procedure is the addition of a dental crown in most cases. This helps to give the tooth sufficient strength for everyday use. It is true though, that a root canal treated tooth may not be as strong as a natural tooth and it is not advisable to use it for biting down on very hard objects. Another factor is that the tooth is effectively “dead” and it is possible to bite down harder than you might expect as it is less sensitive to pressure.
How long will the tooth last?
Providing that you follow the advice above and take good care of your teeth with regular brushing and interdental cleaning, including around the treated tooth, there is every chance that it will survive as long as your natural teeth.
Naturally, there are many more questions that we have been asked; too many to answer here. However, if you have a question about a forthcoming root canal treatment that you would like answering, our Epsom dentists can always be contacted at The Clock Tower Dental Clinic by calling us on 01372 720136.