Root canals are probably the most feared type of dental procedure. Just the words “root canal” can send shivers up the spine of someone who has experienced one. According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canals are performed every year. And despite the fact that a large number of people that receive this treatment and patients rarely reported bad experiences during their root canal treatment, each year, thousands of people need a root canal to fix a serious cavity or alleviate severe toothache and will often choose to avoid them.
Most patients report feeling no pain and being surprisingly relaxed throughout the whole treatment. While being prodded with a needle and suction tool does not seem serene, modern root canal is actually more boring than anything else. In most cases, anxiety about this kind of treatment is rooted in how complex it seems the procedure seems. Most adult patients fully understand what happens during a root canal, but this knowledge is not going to make things better in the long run.
It’s important to be aware of the steps of any treatment you have, and, in some cases, this knowledge can help make patients feel more in control. It dismisses many of the misunderstandings and falsehoods surrounding the procedure and it gives them a chance to have a rational perspective. For many, the words ‘drill’ and ‘needle’ are what strike fear. Especially, ESPECIALLY, if it has been a while since your last dental visit.
Delta Dental Plans Association’s survey reports that Americans are still not seeing the dentist as much as they should. And the American Dental Association recommends all adults have regular visits to the dentist. Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot oral health problems early on, like root canals, when treatment is usually simpler and more affordable.
At Foothill Dental Care in Livermore, our goal is to help our patients maintain your beautiful smile while helping you keep up good oral health. We do everything within our means to provide excellent service during your visit and provide you with the tools you need. If you are interested in getting a dental cleaning, give us a call at Livermore office at (925) 961-5484 to schedule an appointment today.