Well, as someone who’s had multiple root canals myself, I can tell you that in my mind, I look at root canals as awesome because I was hurting before, and I felt great afterwards. And so in my mind, that’s really what it comes down to, is that for someone who’s in pain, we’re going to get them out of pain.
The most important thing is to get someone comfortable before you’re treating the tooth. And once they’re comfortable, quite honestly, root canals are more or less boring. They’re boring for patients, they’re boring for everybody but me, quite honestly, because we’re just addressing things as needed, and patients are numb and comfortable. And then, we’re done, and they’re like, “Oh, that’s it?” Yeah.
I’ve had a number of patients sleep through root canals because… And they’re like, “Is that weird?” I’m like, “No, actually, it’s happened quite a bit.” It’s just like getting a filling. You’re numb. You don’t feel anything. The truth is that, again, more often than not, you’re feeling about how you didn’t feel good beforehand, a root canal is the way to feel better. And again, that’s the important thing. It’s just getting you numb, getting you comfortable, and getting you feeling better.
And if that’s required, that’ll do it. The root canal can help you actually feel a lot better. So, yeah, I know people don’t want to talk about that, but the truth is that in certain situations, that’s the only way to make a tooth feel better.