Root Canal

That Wasn’t So Bad

It could be the sound of the drill. Or maybe it’s the ominous looking machinery and people in masks, peering into your mouth. A trip to the dentist isn’t really something most people look forward to, and having a root canal is definitely on the bottom of their to-do list.

There are many misconceptions about having a root canal: It’s painful. It’s scary. Just pull it out!

Having a root canal is not as daunting as people make it out to be; it’s a dental procedure that can actually save your tooth from extraction. In fact, most dental offices that concentrate on endodontic procedures are able to make the surgery as quick and painless as possible.

If the idea of a root canal makes you anxious, you may find relief through something called sedation dentistry. Sedation is used to help the client feel relaxed and calm through the use of sedatives. This can help take the stress out the procedure as a whole.

How to Choose a Dentist

Root canals may need two or three appointments to be completed, so you want to make sure that the health of your mouth is kept in the hands of a professional. How do you find the dentist that’s right for you?

Do your research. Find reviews online and gather information about dentists in your area who are known for their positive service and professionalism. One website to consider is

Ask a few friends about their dentist recommendations. If your friend has had a root canal, chances are they found someone good to go to.

You should take your financial requirements into consideration as well. Will the dentist offer financing? Or will they bill your insurance company directly for the amount?

Ask questions and share any concerns you might have to determine if a dentist is right for you. A root canal expert should keep you well informed about the surgery and what’s involved.

What happens?

A root canal may become a necessary surgery at some point in your life, and you want to be prepared.

So what goes into this procedure? You’ll receive medication to numb the area where the root canal is located. The infected pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Then a temporary filling is done before the final filling.

The dentist will recommend a crown be created to help avoid the risk of cracking or chipping. A crown is a porcelain shell that covers the tooth to protect it, since your actual tooth is just a shell.

After the root canal, the dentist may work on preventative care to use in the future to help preserve your teeth and keep an eye on any issues that may arise.


 Other Options

There are two other major options to mull over: Extraction, and extraction followed by a dental implant. If the root canal does not seem like a viable option, the dentist may suggest one or the other.

Find a dentist that answers your questions and makes you feel comfortable. A good endodontist can make all the difference in creating a positive root canal experience!