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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
May 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

If you have a root canal scheduled at your South Atlanta dentist, this article could help cure any anxiety about it.

A recent survey of dental patients confirmed what many dentists already knew - 60 percent of those people were more fearful of a root canal than any other dental procedure. The survey also found that most people who have that fear of root canals never haven't actually experienced one; they're relying on rumors based on old, outdated techniques, put out of practice decades ago. In truth, root canals are helpful procedures that alleviate pain and prevent future problems. Dr. Travon Holt and the rest of the Dentistry at Camp Creek staff wants their patients to have the most up-to-date and accurate information about root canals.

Why do I need a root canal?

Root canals - also called endodontic therapy - are performed to remove an infection that has damaged the innermost part of the tooth. This section, called the pulp, extends down into the roots. It can sustain damage from decay or an accident. Root canals stop the infection at the source by removing the nerves and tissue inside the affected tooth.

What does a root canal feel like?

Most commonly, people think root canal procedures are going to be extremely painful. Actually, for almost all patients, the most painful part happens before the root canal is even scheduled. The untreated infection inside the tooth can be very uncomfortable and cause abscesses to form along the gums. In extreme cases, the infection can even spread to the jawbone or other areas.

Have you ever had a cavity filled? Most patients report that a root canal feels very similar. Dr. Holt thoroughly numbs the area with local anesthesia. When no feeling remains, the nerves and tissue are removed and the inside of the tooth is disinfected. A strong and safe organic material fills in the space, and the outside of your tooth will be strengthened with a temporary restoration, to be replaced later with a more long-lasting crown by your South Atlanta dentist. This entire process typically takes less than an hour.

With anesthesia and removal of the damaged nerves, the root canal procedure itself is practically painless and the healing process is easy. Patients who are still feeling a little hesitant can be given a mild sedative. 

Don't delay in contacting Dentistry at Camp Creek if you've had pain and think one or more of your teeth might need a root canal. With early detection and rapid treatment, most dental issues are very easy to solve and have little discomfort. You'll likely agree with the surveyed patients who said that root canals were no big deal once they'd actually had them done.