I am on several medications that I take daily for a variety of health problems. I am on so many medications off and on that it is sometimes hard to remember them all. One day, I was visiting a new specialist, and I forgot to write down one of my current medications on the new patient form. I was given a prescription, and just after he wrote it I remembered the medication I forgot and told him. He said it was a good thing I remembered when I did, because the new prescription he was going to give me would have interacted with it. I now keep a current list of all medications I am on that I update every time there is a change. I created this blog to encourage others to make lists of their own to keep handy, because some medication interactions can be deadly.
No one wants to go to the dentist for a checkup, much less for an infamous procedure like the root canal. However, a root canal is a crucial procedure than can vastly improve the quality of your life. Here is an overview of what root canals are, why they are performed, and what you should expect to experience:
The Root Canal
The procedure itself is actually quite simple. In the event that you need a root canal, your dental pulp is likely infected by bacteria. Your dentist will remove a portion of your tooth in order to access that dental pulp. Your dentist will then excise the portion of dental pulp that is compromised. At this point, the root canal procedure is effectively over. However, your dentist can't leave your dental pulp exposed in its current state for a couple of reasons.
First of all, your dental pulp actually surrounds several nerves in your teeth, which means that the pulp is extremely sensitive. If food or anything else were to touch your dental pulp, it would hurt a lot. Exposed dental pulp is also quite susceptible to bacterial infection and decay, so leaving it unprotected can lead to the same problem that necessitated the root canal in the first place.
At this point, your dentist will fit you for a crown and take several measurements of the tooth in question, including a mold. For the short term, you will be given a temporary crown to wear. It won't be very comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of unprotected dental pulp. In a few weeks, your real crown should be complete and you can return to your dentist to have it installed.
The Pain of the Process
Many people say that root canals are incredibly painful experiences, which is a bit misleading. The root canal itself is often done under anesthesia and isn't particularly painful. However, the decay of dental pulp is an incredibly painful experience. In this sense, a root canal ends a lot more pain than it causes.
Always Consult Your Dentist
If you do feel intense tooth pain, then you should consult your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner that you visit your dentist, the sooner that you can get a root canal and prevent the further spread of decay in your mouth. If left untreated, a root canal will not only cause intense pain, but it might also lead to the loss of other teeth or parts of your gums.Share