Why a Root Canal Is Nothing to Fear

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Why a Root Canal Is Nothing to Fear

Does the idea of a root canal leave you shaking in your boots? This is a common response, but there’s really nothing to fear. In fact, you’ll usually leave feeling better than you started. Keep reading to learn more.

Nothing seems to instill quite as much fear in adults as the words root canal. However, this common dental procedure is the victim of a bad reputation.

First of all, the whole purpose of a root canal is to help you. That’s because the procedure works to treat an infected tooth and prevent reinfection in the future. But the best part? Modern root canals don’t cause pain. Instead, you rarely feel a thing, and they eliminate the pain you have from the infected tooth.

Dr. Mohsena Ahmad understands the anxiety people have about dental care, especially procedures like root canals. That’s why she takes extra precautions to ensure the people who see her at her practice in San Jose, California, feel comfortable during every visit.

Here are a few reasons you don’t have to fear your root canal.

Root canals don’t hurt

As we mentioned above, root canals have a reputation as being painful. That couldn’t be further from the truth though. 

In reality, any discomfort you feel in a tooth requiring a root canal comes from the infection itself. Common signs of a root canal include:

  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity, aching, or throbbing
  • A mouth that smells or tastes bad
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Fever 

However, when you have a root canal, Dr. Ahmad uses local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding area. That means you won’t feel a thing while she treats your tooth infection. And, once treated, your symptoms disappear as well.

You won’t lose your tooth

Having a root canal is similar to getting a cavity filled. However, it involves cleaning the inside of the tooth to remove infection first. Dr. Ahmad accomplishes this by making a small opening in your tooth to access the inner chamber that contains soft tissue known as pulp.

You usually don’t notice your tooth pulp. It contains a variety of tissue types, including nerves and blood vessels, and you no longer need it when your tooth fully forms. However, when it becomes infected from decay or injury, infection can develop, causing symptoms like pain, sensitivity, and discoloration.

Removing infected pulp helps preserve your natural tooth, and many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.

A root canal won’t make you sick

Unfortunately, rumors abound that root canals cause illness. However, there’s no evidence to support this claim. In fact, a root canal actually stops an oral infection from spreading into your jaw, surrounding tissues, and other parts of your body.

On top of that, even good oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings can help improve your health by preventing oral infections. That’s because bacteria in your mouth can spread throughout your body, increasing your chances of a variety of health problems, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Endocarditis
  • Pregnancy and birth complications

So don’t put off that dental appointment — it could put your health at risk.

Do you have a problem tooth or need a root canal? You don’t have to be afraid. Schedule a consultation with Mohsena Ahmad D.D.S., FICOI, DICOI, by calling 408-275-0768 today.