Root canals are common procedures used to repair and save a badly decayed or infected tooth. They sound scarier than they actually are because they don’t necessarily have a “fun” reputation. It’s important to note that root canals are a safe procedure, and you should be sure to follow the correct aftercare.

What happens during a root canal?

A root canal is when the pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth and roots’ inner chambers. You will get an anesthetic so that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. You will then have a dental dam placed over your mouth to isolate the tooth that needs the root canal; it prevents any debris from entering your mouth. The dentist will drill away the decay, remove the pulp, and then use a file to scrub away anything inside the tooth. At the end, they will disinfect it and fill it up. 

Why you should never avoid a root canal

Dental procedures can be terrifying, but they serve a purpose. Putting off those procedures, especially a root canal, will only cause further damage and pain. You will also become more likely to get an infection, which can result in an abscessed tooth. Without treatment, the infection could spread beyond your jaw to your neck, head, or other body parts.

Scientific research has proved that root canals are safe, and there is no evidence to prove that they aren’t. There is no scientific evidence that links root canal therapy to disease elsewhere in the body. Root canals are performed to alleviate pain and to help save teeth. They are meant to eliminate any bacteria inside the tooth and be a safe and effective method to keep your teeth. Over 25 million root canals are done each year.

If you have a root canal procedure done, make sure that you follow your dentist’s orders to properly implement the right aftercare.