I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Root canals instill horror in a lot of people's minds and hearts, but the reality is that there's nothing to be scared of. Root canals can actually be quite beneficial to your oral health, and come with major benefits over alternative treatments that achieve the same goal. Here's what you can look forward to when you have a root canal.
Root canals don't hurt. That's it! Everyone talks about how horrible they seem, but in reality, you shouldn't expect any pain.
Root canals deal with the interior part of the tooth that's full of nerves. However, your dentist will ensure that you don't feel a thing while they work. This is typically accomplished with local pain relievers, like Novocaine - the same kind of thing you'd receive for a filling or a tooth drilling. While you will hear a drill and feel some pressure as your tooth is being worked on, you shouldn't feel anything remotely resembling pain. If you start to feel uncomfortable for any reason, let your dentist know so they can fix it.
Keep Your Teeth
Getting a root canal means keeping your teeth. That may not seem like a huge deal, but it really is!
By removing the damaged parts of the inside of your tooth, you get to keep the original tooth that you grew yourself. This means that you don't need to worry about getting a replacement, or having an artificial tooth look like it doesn't match the surrounding, real teeth. You can go back to using your teeth the way that you always have after your procedure is over.
No Bone Loss
Another big thing to consider is that when you get a root canal, you're not at any risk of losing bone in your jaw. The same can't be said if you opt to have your tooth removed or replaced.
When a tooth is lost, people tend to lose bone mass in their jaws. This is because your teeth are responsible for sending the pressure from your bite down into your jaw, where it stimulates new healthy bone cells to be produced. With this pressure removed, your bones don't make as many new cells, and can become thinner and weaker as a result. This makes you look older and can have a negative effect on your remaining teeth, too.
With a root canal, the tooth that's damaged never leaves your jaw. As soon as it's repaired via a root canal, it'll go back to serving its original purpose and your jaw bone won't become weaker or thinner as a result.
Getting a root canal isn't painful, it's rarely scary, and it helps you to keep your original parts that your body is designed to work with. Talk to a dentist and make an appointment for a root canal - don't put it off any longer.