Get Root Canal Facts Straight

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There are three magic words that can make most - if not all - people nervous. And those words are ‘root canal procedure'. There are a lot of myths doing the rounds about this procedure and they've been around for a long while. If you're one of those people that have been avoiding the dentists because of this procedure, then this article is for you. The most common myth - and also the one that deters most people - is that the procedure is painful.

Well, the fact is that once upon a time, it was painful. This was when anesthetics weren't so profusely practiced, or for that matter available. But now that science has developed significantly, there is every chance that you don't need to undergo pain during this procedure. If you happen to be allergic to some anesthetics, you might want to clue your dentist in. The same goes for the case that you're pregnant.

You might also wonder if the root canal procedure causes illness. It doesn't. Bacteria are present in your mouth regardless of whether your teeth have a root canal or not. And it is just as likely that the rumors of illness started during times when sanitation was not prevalent. Under circumstances where there isn't proper hygiene and sanitation, it isn't surprising that you'd end up with illness. In other words, if you get a proper procedure done with due hygiene, you're not likely to get any illness. And don't think that getting your tooth pulled might be a better alternative.

While you could get replacements with dentures and the like, remember that nothing can be better than the original. Your natural tooth is likely to handle pretty much anything you eat. On the other hand, you'll end up coming under pressure to avoid certain kinds of food when you get artificial teeth implanted.

If frequent visits to the dentist are what you're worried about, then it is possible for you to get the procedure done within two sittings, provided that the abscess has not reached deep into the teeth and the pulp isn't too damaged. So if you want to avoid frequent visits to the dentist, getting your teeth checked early for root canal would be best.

Also make sure that you get your tooth crowned after the procedure. And even after getting a root canal, you need to keep up a dental regiment to protect your teeth: brush twice a day thoroughly and make sure that there isn't any food stuck between your teeth. Simple steps can help you out in the long run.

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