There was a time that any mention of the “dreaded” root canal provoked shivers. The reason for that reaction was that a lot of myths about root canals just refused to go away. Those myths were largely due to some really bad science about 100 years ago, believe it or not! If you need a root canal, discover just how easy and painless they can be. Consult Dr. Walter Hadley at Marineland Dental Care in Kennewick, WA.
What It’s All About
Root canals are designed to preserve a tooth that might otherwise be lost. If a tooth is damaged by infection, that infection may lead to the tooth eventually falling out as the infection attacks the tooth root or roots and the supporting ligament is damaged.
Put simply, a root canal procedure opens the tooth, cleans out the infection, and protects the tooth against loss or further damage. That sounds really simple, and for a dentist who really knows what he or she is doing, it’s pretty routine in almost all cases.
Dr, Hadley will begin by completely numbing the area to be worked on. Only when you assure him that you’re completely numb will he open the top of the tooth to expose the dental pulp – the nerve, blood vessels, and other tissues – inside.
Using special tools – Dr. Hadley has a rotary handpiece that makes the process faster and easier – he’ll clean out all the infected tissue and the nerve from inside the root canals.
By the way, in case you’re concerned that it will hurt, removing the nerve removes the pain, period. With the nerve gone, there’s nothing left to send pain signals to your brain. Rather than causing pain, root canals remove it!
Depending on your need, Dr. Hadley may introduce some medication into the canals to ensure that every trace of infection is removed. He’ll seal the opening in the tooth with a special material. The last step is protect the tooth with a dental crown.
Most people describe the process as no worse than getting a filling.
More Help Is Available
For those who need more help in relaxing during the procedure, Marineland Dental Care in Kennewick, WA offers two levels of dental sedation. Dr. Walter Hadley is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He’ll be happy to help you decide which type of sedation will work best for you.
Inhaled sedation is commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” You breathe in a mixture of the gas and oxygen through a small mask. You’ll feel a sense of euphoria and relaxation. The gas wears off very quickly once the flow is stopped, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home.
Oral sedation comes in the form of a prescribed pill that you take at a predetermined time before your appointment. Oral sedation causes a much deeper level of sedation. You may or may not remember much about your appointment. But since the effects linger, you’ll definitely need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Driving while sedated is a terrible idea.
Don’t Fear The Root Canal
Forget the myths. Today’s root canals are quick and painless in the vast majority of cases. If you’ve been told you need a root canal, get started by contacting Marineland Dental Care in Kennewick, WA at 509-591-0515 to arrange an appointment.