So you need a root canal. If you’re like most people, hearing that news makes you a little bit nervous. Almost everyone has a relative, perhaps an aunt or a distant cousin, who has undergone a root canal. Maybe they’ve told you the procedure was uncomfortable or even painful. Afterward, you may have even Google searched root canals and didn’t like what you found.

But don’t believe the hype! Root canals, also known as endodontic treatment or endodontic services, are one of the most common and important procedures in dentistry. At Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI, we use modern technology to ensure a comfortable root canal treatment.

In today’s post, we’re going to look at several things you should know about root canals. At your home for Plymouth family dentistry, we believe that an informed patient is a happy patient. So without further ado, let’s get to dispelling some of the myths about root canals!

Fact #1: Root Canals are Used to Save a Tooth from Infection

Root canals are often performed because a patient is in pain from an infected tooth. When an infection enters the soft inner material of your tooth, it not only causes pain but it can potentially kill the tooth as well. Root canals are often the last line of defense against removing a tooth.

Some misinformation circulating on the Internet has stated it is better to have a tooth extracted when it is infected. This couldn’t be further from the truth! When you have a tooth extracted, it actually increases your risk of losing additional teeth.

A gap in your smile can cause your teeth to separate or otherwise become misaligned. Over time, this can cause your remaining teeth to loosen. Even the best tooth-replacement options such as dental bridges or dental implants are not as strong as your natural tooth.

Fact #2: A Root Canal Will Better an Infected Tooth’s Form and Function

A root canal is a routine procedure. During a root canal, your dentist will remove infection and nerves from the dental pulp of your tooth. This helps to prevent your tooth from becoming damaged beyond the point of no return. Putting off a root canal could have dire consequences for your oral health, as the infected tooth could die or the infection could spread to other areas of your mouth.

Once the inside of your tooth has been cleaned and flushed of infected material, your dentist will seal the tooth to prevent the infection from returning. Your dentist may also recommend further restoring the tooth with a dental crown. We can also place a dental crown here at our office.

A dental crown, generally made of zirconium or porcelain, is a cap that completely encompasses your existing tooth. Our dental crowns are incredibly lifelike and will perfectly match your natural teeth. Once a dental crown has been placed, your tooth will look and function just like the rest of your teeth. That means you can get back to smiling and eating all of your favorite foods!

Fact #3: Root Canals Are as Comfortable as Getting a Filling

After we perform a root canal, we often ask our patients about their experience. Most patients tell us that the whole process was easy and caused them no more discomfort than undergoing a routine dental filling. If that sounds different than what you’ve heard about root canals, there’s a reason.

At our comfortable and modern office, we have decades of experience when it comes to performing root canals. That means we can get them done as quickly as possible! Plus, we use the latest tools in dentistry like WaveOne rotary technology, which allows us to offer a more comfortable experience.

In addition, we offer sedation dentistry services for root canals. We offer complimentary nitrous oxide sedation (also known as laughing gas) to help you relax during your appointment. Simply breathe in the clean mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide and then kick back while we get to work! For patients requiring deeper sedation, we also offer oral sedation.

If you need a root canal, don’t put it off! That root canal may be necessary to save your tooth! Call our office today to schedule an appointment. You can reach Plymouth Dentistry at (734) 224-4359.