We've all heard people complain that "That was as much fun as a Root Canal!" to describe painful or unpleasant experiences. But what exactly is a Root Canal? And is it really that bad?
People who need endodontic treatment (Root Canal Therapy) have an infection in the soft dental pulp which lies within the hard layers of the tooth. An infection in the pulp can be extremely painful, and the tooth itself can die. Endodontic treatment requires your dentist to remove the infected, injured or dead pulp from a tooth. After removing the pulp, the root canals are cleaned, sterilised and shaped to a form that can be completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection.
Root canal treatment is performed over a series of two appointments. A good dentist should constantly strive to make these appointments as comfortable as possible for all patients. The first way to achieve this is by guaranteeing that patients do not feel pain during their appointment. Contrary to any stories, your dentist should do not begin treatment until the tooth is completely numb. Patients feel nothing more than during a regular filling.
Check that your dentist will guarantee the highest level of quality in every endodontic treatment that is performed. Regularly attending continuing education seminars to ensure that the latest procedures and equipment is being utilized is also preferable, as is using a combination of state of the art equipment to guarantee optimal results.
A great dentist will also strive to enhance patient comfort by spending time with patients and listening to their concerns. They should always rather take the extra time to talk with patients, fully explain treatment and answer any questions they might have. All patients have different requirements and no patient should feel "rushed through" or "just another patient". This means that any treatment, including root canal can be relaxing for patients. In a good dental practice, it's actually possible for a number of patients to fall asleep during their treatment.