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Facts and Myths About Root Canals


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The term “root canal” is one that makes many people’s skin crawl. Movies, TV shows, and tales handed down by grandparents and parents have left many people still fearing this procedure and dreading the day a dentist may utter those words. In 2019, however, there is little cause for alarm if your dentist tells you a root canal is needed to treat an oral problem from which you are suffering. Today, we’re dispelling fiction from fact in an effort to clear the reputation of root canals and help leave you at ease about an upcoming procedure!

Myth: Root canals are incredibly painful.
Fact: Root canals are done with almost no pain whatsoever.

Thanks to advances in medical technology in recent decades, long gone are the days where root canals were incredibly painful ordeals. Today’s procedures numb the surrounding area entirely, so you won’t feel a thing while your dentist is at work!

Myth: It is always better to just have a tooth fully extracted.
Fact: A root canal can be a solution for many oral problems and can help to save your existing tooth.

Not every tooth infection is cause for a complete extraction! When possible, it is always best to save as much of your natural teeth as possible. Depending on your situation, your dentist may want to go in and simply clean up an infection or replace only part of a damaged tooth to help keep your smile intact.

Myth: Root canals are a temporary solution to a problem.
Fact: Root canals are performed with the intention of them lasting a long time.

A root canal is designed to remove the infected part of your tooth and replace it with a crown, helping to ensure the problem doesn’t come back. Because the goal is to avoid all future problems, root canals are done with long lasting results in mind. A successful root canal will ensure that all harmful bacteria is cleared away and, when performed properly, a second root canal should never be needed on the same tooth.

Myth: Root canals are only performed when the patient is suffering from pain in the tooth or jaw.
Fact: Sometimes a root canal is needed to treat an infection in the teeth which may show no pain at all.

Occasionally, pain is one of the later signs and symptoms that something is actually wrong within your tooth and waiting until you experience any pain may mean there is more damage done. Many infections simply linger in the tooth, causing damage without any noticeable signs. This is why it’s so important to visit the dentist regularly so he or she can assess for signs of decay.

If your dentist has recently told you that you’re in need of a root canal, it’s understandable that you may still have some nerves about the procedure. Never hesitate to ask your dentist any questions you have so that you can have a better understanding of how your body is being treated and what to expect.

To get your questions answered, or to schedule your next dental checkup, give us a call at Dental Roots in Naperville today!

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