End Your Dental Pain
A toothache can be extremely uncomfortable, making it difficult for you to speak or eat. Even brushing your teeth or drinking water can cause pain to shoot through your tooth, sending you to your dentist for relief. If you've been told that a root canal is necessary, you might be concerned about more pain associated with this procedure. The reality is that root canals don't cause pain; they help to alleviate it so you can eat, drink and talk with ease again. Dr. Joseph Zaky, your dentist in Yorktown Heights, NY, explains why a root canal is the answer to your dental pain.
What is a root canal?
Root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, are utilized when a cavity progresses beyond the outer enamel of a tooth and begins to infiltrate the inner tissues. Most patients won't realize this until the decay reaches the nerves inside the tooth, at which point pain becomes noticeable and often does not respond to medication. Your Yorktown Heights dentist uses specialized tools to clear the infection out of the tooth by removing the affected tissues and nerves, leaving the tooth painless and intact but hollow. A strong rubber material is used to fill the empty space and a porcelain or metal crown is placed to keep the outside of the tooth stable.
Why do so many people assume root canals are painful?
Like most medical procedures, root canals had to start out as primitive and painful before the associated tools, techniques and medications were researched and fine-tuned. Unfortunately, root canals are one of the few procedures that have retained the reputation they had a hundred years ago, but the reality is that their bad reputation is based on opinion rather than fact. People who haven't had a root canal assume it is painful, while patients who have undergone endodontic therapy are almost universally surprised at how easy and comfortable the process is. If you're still feeling nervous, your Yorktown Heights dentist can provide you with sedatives to make you relaxed during your procedure.
Visit Dr. Zaky in Yorktown Heights, NY, to find out why root canals are helpful rather than harmful. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!