‘We’re dentists, and we know that a trip to our office can inspire a lot of apprehension and even outright fear in some people. Sometimes this fear is irrational, but other times it’s a fear that comes from knowing there is something wrong with a tooth. Usually it’s because of a persistent toothache or sore […]
We’d be fibbing if we said there aren’t any dental fixes that hurt; some of them make us (and you) very grateful for the miracle of anesthetic. But a lot of the fear of painful procedures is blown way out of proportion. Take a root canal, for example. Yes, a root canal involves drilling through a tooth and cleaning out infected dental pulp with a file. Of course, this isn’t a fun experience, but with proper local anesthesia, a root canal is a lot easier than you probably imagined—most people report that it isn’t any worse than getting a filling. In our experience, a patient who does his or her best to be relaxed before and during the treatment has a far better time in the chair. Easier said than done, we know, but if you can focus on something pleasant (like knowing you’re preventing a host of calamities with the root canal in the first place), count sheep or play some other distracting mental game, your root canal will be over before you know it. And then it’s all over except for the drooling.
The best way to manage the pain of a root canal is to practice good oral hygiene and avoid sugary, acidic foods and beverages. Regular professional cleanings help a lot, too. Give us a call if you’d like to schedule a little preventative medicine.’