Most people have experienced a toothache at one point or other in their lives. A toothache can cause a dull, constant ache that’s hard to live with, or excruciating, pulsating pain that’s impossible to live with. Either way, if you have a toothache right now, it goes without saying that you just want that pain gone. So what do you do about it? If you’re smart, you schedule an appointment with your family dentist. After all, there’s something going on inside your mouth that needs to be examined and treated by a knowledgeable professional. Of course, scheduling that dental visit doesn’t help you at this very moment, does it? Unless you’re running off to the dentist right now, you’re probably going to be experiencing pain for at least another day or two. So, is there anything you can do about that toothache pain right now, at home, that will alleviate your discomfort until you’re sitting in your dentist’s chair? Absolutely.
You’ve heard it likened to just about any painful process that life has to offer. How many of us have uttered these words when faced with a difficult situation, “I’d rather have a root canal!” So just how painful is a root canal? Statistics show that most folks don’t experience much pain at all. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists recently conducted a survey, in which it was learned that root canals generally are only feared by those who haven’t had them. The survey showed that folks who had a root canal performed were actually 3 times more likely to say they didn’t fear another root canal over those who’d never had it done. What’s to be gleaned from this survey? That root canals aren’t nearly as bad as you think. Following is information from a good dentists about what a root canal is and what to expect during the procedure, as well as a checklist of actions you can take following your root canal to recover and speed up healing.