Among all the dental procedures, endodontics (root canal therapy) is the most dreaded by patients. When a tooth is infected, in order to save it, the endodontist will drill deep inside the tooth and will remove the infected pulp. Only imagining this procedure, makes 99% of the patients run off scared…
Many people would prefer a severe punishment than having to go through a root canal therapy. So what is endodontics exactly?
It is a process, through which an extremely decayed tooth will be saved by entirely removing the nerve and the pulp that is infected.
Then, the area will be cleaned, the tooth will be filled and everything is nicely sealed. Thus, the spread of the infection is stopped, and the patient will not experience tooth loss, or severe damages to the gums because of that nasty infection.
Few years back, such a root canal therapy was quite traumatic for the patient. However, today with so many modern dentistry instruments and tools, the procedure can be performed painlessly and quite easily. The insides of the tooth are perfectly cleaned, and the entire infected pulp is being removed with the help of laser beam technology.
With the laser therapy, the dentist can reach even into the most remote areas of the infection, something that with the earlier, more “primitive” tools was not possible. Moreover, the time of the procedure is effectively reduced as well, and a root canal treatment might last only a few minutes long.
With the help of laser, the traditional drilling can also be avoided. Then, risk of bleeding and infection are also avoided, and healing is a much quicker process. The patient will not feel any pain; however, in order to avoid any possible complications, the dentist will work with anesthetics even when performing root canal treatment with the laser. If a root canal treatment with the laser is performed by a truly good dental specialist, the entire procedure resembles a simple dental filling.
The laser technology is being undertaken by more and more dentists worldwide, not only for root canal therapies but also for other dentistry procedures. For patients who are struggling with extreme dental phobia, there is available what is called “sleep dentistry”.
Here, the patient will be sedated but still awake, and the entire procedure will feel like a nice session of relaxation therapy, not resembling anything like a painful and “torturing” dental intervention. As you can note, today going to the dentist is like going to the hairdresser’s- all you need to do is put your phobias aside, and you will not feel any pain even during such complicated procedures as a root canal therapy.