Conquering Root Canal Anxiety with Modern Technology

Has a friend or loved one been faced with an unpleasant situation and uttered the words “I’d rather get a root canal” when complaining about their bad luck?  Most people associate a root canal with severe pain and discomfort, but today’s advanced dental procedures ensure a minimal amount of discomfort for patients.

Have you experienced tooth pain, gum swelling, tooth darkening and temperature sensitivity? These and other symptoms may mean that a root canal is needed.  Your dental care provider can help you determine when a root canal is absolutely necessary. And it is very important to remember that not all tooth pain means a root canal is required!

But if you do need a root canal, it is helpful to understand the procedure. After all, if you know what you’re getting into, it can help ease some of your fears.  A root canal removes tooth pulp (and in some cases the related nerve) in order to eliminate pain in the area.  You will have an x-ray the location of infection, the tooth area will be numbed, your dentist will use special tools to remove the damaged nerve and pulp, and the tooth will either be sealed the same day or temporarily protected while a special crown is ordered to be later installed on the tooth, depending on your situation.

Worried about pain and discomfort? Modern medicine, new technologies and the use of anesthetics offer today’s root canal patients a quick, safe and pain-free experience.  In the past, many have avoided root canals due to the discomfort associated with the procedure.  While it is true that some patients feel slight pressure or pulling during the procedure, you should never be in pain during the root canal process. And for those with a fear of needles associated with the procedure’s numbing dental injection, know that many dentists use the DentalVibe tool to eliminate needle anxiety and injection-related discomfort completely.

Following a root canal, patients may experience minor tooth pain and sensitivity, but it should get significantly better within a few days. Over the counter pain relievers can be used to alleviate discomfort (following your dentist’s instructions, of course).  And eating softer foods for a few days can help minimize soreness, as well.  If you experience any severe pain or have any questions following your root canal, please contact you dentist immediately.

It is important to follow all special instructions given to you by your dentist regarding oral care following your root canal and beyond.  Regular and thorough oral cleaning and care will protect your dental work and help you to avoid future tooth pain and discomfort.

Root canals are used to save a tooth that is effected by decay, damage and disease. Less invasive and less expensive than tooth extraction and a dental implant, root canals have about a 95 percent success rate and can last a lifetime.  Millions of people have root canals each year with a great deal of success.  With the new technologies and anesthesia procedures now available, there are ways to ease your dental anxiety and ensure that your root canal experience is without stress and is as comfortable as possible. To learn more about painless dental procedures, visit

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