Aaron M. Schertzer DDS PC

5445 Telegraph Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63129
(314) 892 -2120



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By Advanced Dental Arts
March 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Do the words "root canal" fill you with dread? Unfortunately, root canal therapy has a bad reputation that is completely undeserved. The truth is that root canals end your pain and save your tooth. During the procedure, your Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, makes your comfort a priority.

The truth about root canals and pain

You've probably heard plenty of jokes about root canals. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are much more pleasant than jumping into a pit of rattlesnakes or free-falling from a plane without a parachute.

Back in the early 20th century when people started joking about root canals, the procedure may certainly have been painful. Limited dental anesthesia options and less sophisticated techniques may have meant an uncomfortable experience for patients.

Luckily, advances in dental technology have changed things for the better. In fact, the pain won't be a concern during your root canal procedure. You'll receive a local anesthetic that effectively numbs your mouth when you first arrive at the Oakville dental office. Your dentist won't place an instrument in your mouth until he's sure you don't feel a thing. If at any time, you begin to feel a little pain, just raise your hand to let him know.

What you can expect during a root canal

Root canals are performed when the pulp in the center of a tooth is painfully inflamed or infected. During root canal therapy, the tooth pulp is removed, eliminating the source of your pain and preserving your tooth.

A root canal probably won't seem much different than getting a filling. After making sure that your mouth is numb, your dentist will open your tooth and remove the pulp. Since pulp extends into tiny root canals that travel the length of your tooth, he'll also need to clean and shape the canals. An antibiotic will be added to the tooth to prevent infection.

Root canal therapy usually involves one to three appointments. You'll receive a temporary filling in your tooth at the end of the first appointment. Depending on how well your tooth is healing, you'll receive a rubber-based filling during your second or third appointment.

Your tooth may feel a little tender from the procedure for a few days. Over-the-counter medication or medication prescribed by your dentist will help relieve any pain you may feel. In just a week or two, your pain will be gone, and you'll realize that your root canal was much easier than you ever expected.

Root canals help you protect your teeth! Call your dentist in Oakville, MO, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, at (314) 892-2120 to schedule your appointment.