Most people think getting a root canal is a pain, but it can be the opposite, and there is good reason to appreciate them.
According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), May is “Save Your Tooth Month,” the second week of May is Root Canal Awareness Week and Root Canal Awareness Day is Wednesday, May 12. That’s a lot of appreciation for a process that most people associate with pain. The truth is, a root canal is how you stop the pain — and that’s worth celebrating.
What Could Be Good About a Root Canal?
We can think of several things!
Stop the Pain
First, while the process can be uncomfortable, that’s only a brief few moments. The root canal is actually eliminating the pain and the problem by removing the infected tissue and the nerve from the tooth while leaving the structure of the tooth intact. If you want to learn more about the procedure, check out our article, How Are Root Canals Performed?
Stop the Damage
Second, although some people think they can ride out the pain and let the infection heal on its own, unfortunately, that doesn’t usually happen. Pain can be deceptive. Sometimes it goes away, but that’s because the nerve at the root of the tooth actually dies. At that point, you aren’t feeling the pain, but the problem is still there and can lead to even worse problems with abscesses and even bone loss.
Save a Tooth
Finally, once you get past a certain point, there’s no alternative but to extract the tooth, bringing even more challenges. Then you have to worry about how to keep your teeth in alignment with one missing, whether to fill the gap with a bridge or implant and what to do if you’re worried people will notice it when you smile.
A Healthy Alternative
As much as we can appreciate the value of a root canal, there is one alternative we fully support. You can probably guess — prevention! And you can guess the prescription, too — great oral hygiene, including these familiar tips:
- Brush at least twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Visit us for a cleaning twice a year
- Avoid sweets, especially hard and sticky candies and other foods that can crack your teeth
- Call us at the first sign of trouble (sensitivity, pain, swelling, etc.)
What To Do If You Need a Root Canal?
If you’ve heard from us, another dentist, or an endodontist that you need a root canal, don’t panic or wait. We’ll take good care of you throughout the process and make it as quick and painless as possible.
You can contact us anytime. To schedule your visit now, fill out this form, or call our office at 815-886-0875.