Halloween may be over, but for those with consistent oral pain, the fear could just be starting. Root canal procedures are one of the most feared dental treatments available. According to a 2019 study conducted by the American Association of Endodontists, 59% of people are afraid of getting a root canal. To further put this into perspective, a large portion of respondents said they would rather do the following instead of getting a root canal:
Perhaps most surprisingly, 77% of people said they would happily go without their smartphone for a day if it meant they could avoid a root canal.
Root canals, much like sharks, are not fully to blame for their bad reputation. It’s certainly acceptable to be afraid of both, but tall tales and myths have played a big role in making them such a fearful topic. And while sharks haven’t changed, root canals have. Today’s procedures are less painful and far more comfortable than those even ten years ago. It may be time for you to rethink the root canal.
If you believe you may need a root canal, come see the team at Palmieri Dentistry located in Mooresville, North Carolina. Led by Roberto Palmieri, DMD, we’ll make sure you get the cosmetic, implant, or general dentistry service you deserve. Dr. Palmieri was recently awarded the title of AACD Accredited Dentist and puts his patients’ oral care first.
Your tooth is more than just the enamel and dentin that form the outside of your teeth. Below those hard layers is a tissue called pulp. Pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue — all play a vital role in the development of your teeth. Pulp is eventually joined by surrounding gum tissue in helping nourish your teeth.
A root canal is necessary when the pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Inflamed pulp leads to swelling where the tooth and gums connect. Infected pulp can lead to abscesses (pus-filled pockets) that, if left untreated, can spread and be fatal. During a root canal treatment, the damaged pulp is removed or replaced.
There are many different conditions or circumstances that can lead to needing a root canal. The following are a few examples:
Dr. Palmieri confirms his diagnosis with advanced 3D X-rays. Before treatment begins, he’ll numb the area around the impacted tooth, even if the nerve endings in the pulp are dead to ensure your highest comfort.
He’ll then drill a tiny hole in the tooth to expose the damaged pulp. Once completed, he uses surgical files to remove the infected or inflamed pulp. After the root canal treatment is complete, Dr. Palmieri may perform a dental crown service to ensure your tooth’s optimal strength, function, and cosmetic appeal.
Dr. Palmieri’s combination of innovative techniques, modern tools, and anesthesia help make root canal treatments no more painful than a filling.
Don’t let fear dissuade you from getting a root canal treatment. At Palmieri Dentistry, we’ll make sure your treatment is as smooth and painless as possible. Call 704-247-6336 or book an appointment online today.