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I'd Rather Have a Root Canal Than...

March 2015

Work on the weekend? Speak in front of people? Go out with you? Hopefully, you've never been told that last one….

The poor root canal gets a bad rap, but it's a procedure that can be quite beneficial in improving dental health. Often root canals are performed instead of tooth extractions, and are needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth is injured or decayed. Millions of teeth have been saved from this relatively routine procedure! Now, don't you feel bad about talking smack about root canals?

During a root canal procedure, the infected tooth material is carefully removed, and then we disinfect the area around the tooth. Next, we fill and seal the tooth with a rubber-like material. Finally, we will restore the tooth with a crown or filling. Once the root canal is complete, your tooth will be fully functional and should look great!

Admittedly, there are many things in life that are more enjoyable than getting a root canal. Still, the procedure doesn't have to be painful at all. At Fine Dentistry by Design, we will ensure that you're as comfortable as possible as we work to save your tooth. Having a root canal won’t feel much different than getting a routine filling for a cavity. Depending on the tooth’s condition, the procedure can be completed in 1-2 appointments.

If you still hate the term "root canal", you can use the term "endodontic therapy." However, "I'd rather have endodontic therapy than go to the prom with you" doesn't quite have the same bite to it (pun absolutely intended).

Whether it’s time for your next examination and cleaning or you have any other dental concern, at Fine Dentistry by Design, we are here for you! Please call 301-984-2200 to schedule your next appointment.