Popular ideas about root canal therapy are, unfortunately, quite negative. If you find out you need one, a lot of people may tell you that the root canal itself is worse than whatever issue has made it necessary. The team at Cascade Endodontics in Orem assures you: this is nonsense.
The need for a root canal means that the pulp inside one of your teeth is infected. Unlike a cut to your finger, it will not get better on its own. The good news is that if you’re told you need a root canal then it means the tooth is worth saving. If it wasn’t, it might need to be extracted.
In all likelihood the infected tooth is dying. That’s one of the reasons why it (probably) hurts so much. The root canal involves removing the infected pulp. That will eliminate the pain and save the tooth.
And the procedure itself? With modern technology, they’re about the same, in terms of discomfort, as having a cavity filled. Sedation dentistry can help during the procedure, if need be. For a day or two afterward you will probably have some sensitivity, but over-the-counter pain medication is usually enough to relieve it.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097