A root canal procedure is one of the most important and the most commonly done procedures in dentistry. It is usually performed by endodontists. A root canal is the removal of the natural cavity which is at the center of the tooth. The procedure is done to a damaged or decaying tooth to save it from further damage and possible infection. In addition, the procedure will save the patient from the pain and discomfort caused by the problem tooth. The tooth is usually cleaned, the pulp cavity is removed and finally sealed.
The removal of the pulp cavity does not really have an adverse effect on a tooth. Its function is just to transmit sensations getting to the tooth, which implies that it can be removed. If a root canal procedure is not swiftly performed, abscesses can form at the root of the tooth and the patient will start feeling severe and excruciating pain. It can also affect the nearby teeth and cause widespread tooth decay.
Misconceptions about root canals
Root canals have built up a lot of myths about the procedure and this has caused people who are in dire need of it to stay away from the dental clinic. Three of these myths are highlighted below:
A root canal procedure is extremely painful
A lot of people have built this mindset that having a root canal procedure usually causes more excruciating pain than the pain normally associated with the decay. Well, this is absolutely wrong. Excessive pain was common in the past but not anymore. The advent of modern inventions and technologists has made provisions to cater to the pain. Root canal procedures can now be done painlessly and the patient will feel much better once the procedure is over.
It usually causes more infection
Another myth that has spread in the hearts of many over the years is that once a root canal procedure is performed, the patient's tooth gets exposed and spreads infection in other parts of the body. This again is a very wrong notion. There are a couple reasons for a patient to get an infection after a root canal procedure. One reason is there were more infected root canals than anticipated. Another reason is that an undetected crack in the treatment area was left exposed and bacteria gained access to the vulnerable area. Visit a certified dentist and bring up any concerns you have, and no harm should come to you.
Root canal procedures are unsafe for pregnant women
Many things are unsafe for pregnant women but the root canal procedure is not one of them. The fear of losing the baby or having the baby become deformed scares a lot of pregnant women away when they are supposed to visit the endodontists. The belief is birthed from the assumption that the light from the X-ray might affect the baby. This again is not true. X-rays are only taken of the oral cavity, not the stomach, and the endodontist even takes time to put a protective covering over the stomach which will shield the fetus from the rays. So there's no need to worry.
While root canal procedures can be intimidating, there is no need to worry. As the dental industry has evolved so much over the years, if you visit a professional, they are sure to take good care of you and your oral health.
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