by Dr. Mitchell A. Josephs
Question: Are root canals really a nightmare? — D.M., West Boca Raton
Answer: During the president’s State of the Union address, he remarked: “I liked the bank bailout as much as I like a root canal.”
When an abscessed nerve is removed from a tooth, the procedure is done under strong local anesthetics like Septocaine, which has great penetrability of the jaw bone, numbing the nerve and the surrounding areas next to the tooth.
The only time a patient may have discomfort during the procedure is if they were told to treat the tooth previously and chose to postpone the treatment.
This can lead to a “hot tooth,” which can be more difficult to get completely numb. Often we put them on antibiotics first. Tip: Never ignore your dentist’s recommendation to get a root canal even if you currently have no pain.
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Dr. Josephs will be giving a free lecture, “Dental Care for Cancer Patients: Why Your Cancer Team Should Include a Dentist,” at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Palm Beach Cancer Institute/Sari Asher Center in West Palm Beach. Seating is limited; call (561) 578-5913 to register.