April 8, 2018
You’ve heard the myths. Root canals — also known as endodontic therapy — are excruciatingly painful. They can make you sick. Their benefits are only temporary, so you may as well get your tooth extracted.
For whatever reason, the term root canal has become synonymous with a particularly unpleasant experience.
We’d like to set the record straight.
We are not sure why the root canal procedure has such a bad name. It may be due to the fact that many people who require the treatment are already in severe pain because of the infection raging inside their mouth. Or perhaps it has to do with how things were done in the past, before modern technology made dentistry in general infinitely more patient friendly.
Regardless, what you should fear is not this tooth-saving procedure. What you should be wary of are the scary stories and misconceptions. Because they may prevent you from getting the dental care you need.
If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain in Belleville, IL — or you’d like to find out more about any of our dental services — call Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC at 618-219-1412.
Reason #1: It Will End Your Pain
It’s true. Endodontic therapy may have a reputation for causing pain, but the reality is quite different. If you have an abscess or infection inside your tooth, you are likely in a good amount of discomfort from that. We will remove every trace of the damaged tissue inside the tooth cavity and fill it with a material that prevents further infection. Since all of the nerves have been removed, you will no longer be able to feel anything inside that tooth.
Reason #2: It Will Save Your Tooth
Whenever possible, it’s always best to save your natural tooth. Extractions are messy and unpleasant. (Much more so than a root canal!) While we have wonderful tooth replacement options available now, including dental implants, they are a costly and involved process. Endodontic therapy can bring your smile back to health and help you avoid the need for ongoing dental procedures. And with good oral hygiene at home and regular dental visits, there’s no reason to believe your newly restored tooth won’t last for the rest of your life.
Reason #3: It Can Improve Your Health
A tooth infection is a serious matter. Left unchecked, it will ravage your tooth, causing it to fall out. But the bacteria causing the infection will not necessarily limit their damage to a single tooth. They proliferate and may infect surrounding teeth or even escape into the bloodstream, where they can cause systemic inflammation and infection. Endodontic therapy stops infection in its tracks and restores your health.
Reason #4: It Can Improve Your Tooth’s Appearance
After we’ve removed the infected material inside your tooth and filled it with inert material called gutta-percha, we will fit you for a beautiful dental crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the tooth and cemented into place.
At Thomas J. Feder, D.D.S, PC, we offer metal crowns, which we may recommend for a back tooth as they are extremely strong. For front teeth that are more visible, ceramic crowns are a much more aesthetically pleasing choice. Crowns protect and strengthen a tooth that’s undergone a root canal. Our ceramic crowns are perfectly matched to the color of your teeth so they look just like the real thing, but totally flawless
Your dental crown will be custom crafted just for you. We will take precise impressions of your tooth, which will be sent to a dental lab where the restoration will be manufactured. In the meantime, a temporary filling can be used to close the root canal access hole.
Reason #5: Our Root Canals Are Practically Painless
Most people who undergo endodontic therapy report that it’s actually no more painful than getting a filling. At Thomas J. Feder, we make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
If you are like a lot of people, you may fear the sting of the anesthesia needle more than anything else. Our VibraJect painless anesthesia system uses the power of vibration to make injections painless and anesthesia quicker to take effect.
We also offer dental sedation to take the edge of your nerves.
Don’t be afraid of a root canal. This essential procedure can save your tooth and restore your oral health. If you’ve been experiencing oral pain in Belleville, IL, call Thomas J. Feder, DDS at 618-219-1412. Or fill out and submit our online form and we will get back to you promptly.