Why do people hate having a root canal?
Root canals have a bad rap because they used to be done without any type of numbing medicine. Back 50 to 70 years ago, the only way that you would know if a root canal was successful was to make sure that the patient was not numb, so that’s why people are often afraid of having them done.
The other problem is that there is active infection many times with a root canal, which is why people come in in pain, and whenever somebody is in pain, it can mean that you’re not going to have exactly the perfect response that you’d like to have.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is when you remove the nerve structure of the tooth, as well as all of the blood supply that supplies that tooth. We use some cleaning agents to clean out the tooth to take care of as many bacteria or bugs in the tooth as we can to make it sterile as possible. After that, we put a filling material inside. After a root canal, we usually recommend that a crown be placed on the tooth just to make sure that it has enough strength to hold up for an extended period of time.
How much of the tooth is removed?
It depends on the reason for the procedure. The two main reasons why a tooth needs to have a root canal is either because the tooth is cracked and it’s cracked all the way down to the nerve of the tooth or because there’s a lot of decay. If there’s a lot of decay, we have to remove as much of the tooth as need be to get rid of all of the decay.