Hearing that you’ll need a root canal is not news that anyone ever welcomes, because root canals are usually associated with pain. That may have been true, once upon a time, but at Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco, rest assured: root canal therapy is relatively painless, ad the benefits far outweight any negatives.
Root canals have improved greatly over the years, and today most patients report that they aren’t all that different than having a cavity filled. They are, in fact, a fairly common procedure.
Root canals become necessary when the nerve below a tooth becomes infected from a cavity. The infection can be quite painful, which leads to another point about root canals: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.
The procedure is done to remove the diseased pulp from within the tooth. If it wasn’t removed, the infection would get worse and lead to other issues, including systemic problems and diseases in other parts of the body. Done properly, a root canal preserves the natural tooth.
After treatment, you may experience a little discomfort. The usual remedy to this is an over-the-counter pain reliever. Most patients are getting back to normal within a day or so.
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