Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions when it comes to root canal procedures in Austin. Many people believe that receiving a root canal procedure is extremely painful and therefore avoid receiving the procedure altogether. This can lead to complete tooth loss and far more pain than you would have ever experienced had you gone through with the procedure earlier. This myth stems from the fact that almost every person who has undergone a root canal procedure explains that they were in excruciating pain. The fact of the matter is that the pain was not caused by the procedure that your dentist performed; the pain stems from the infection itself and would have been present with or without the procedure. In fact, the only thing that can make the pain stop is to undergo a root canal procedure or to remove the tooth completely. Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry can help you save your tooth.
When a cavity is formed in your mouth, a colony of bacteria have begun to produce an acid corrodes a hole into your tooth. If this cavity is not found in time the infection can spread the deeper into the tooth and even reach the root. Once the infection reaches the root of your tooth it can begin to attack the nerves that provide sensation to teeth. This can be extremely painful, especially in advanced stages.
Once you discover that you have this serious infection you should go straight to your dentist right away. Your dentist will then begin the procedure by sedating you and removing the pulp, or damaged part of your tooth, and clean it thoroughly removing any infection. This may require drilling into the root of your tooth which is why the procedure is called a root canal.
The procedure itself is relatively painless. However, the pain does not typically subside from the infection itself for a measure of days after the procedure is completed. Your dentist can prescribe pain management medications for you if desired. If you live in Austin and believe that you are in need of a root canal procedure, then please contact Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry as soon as possible to see if you can still save your tooth.