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Myths About Root Canals
Myths and misconceptions about root canal therapy abound. More than likely, you’ve heard something untrue about root canal treatment at some point. Root canal therapy is a tooth-saving procedure that prevents the need for extraction and the development of uncomfortable conditions like dental abscesses. If our dentist has recommended treatment for an infected root canal, it is for good reason.
Below, we dispel common myths about root canal treatment to empower you to make informed decisions about your oral health.
#1 “Root Canal” is an Oral Health Procedure
Many people mistakenly believe that the words “root canal” refer to an oral health procedure. The root canal is actually a part of a tooth’s anatomy.
Located inside a tooth, the root canal is a hollowed area that contains nerve endings and dental pulp. When this area becomes infected by bacteria, the root canal must be treated to prevent the infection from spreading.
Root canal therapy is classified as endodontic in nature, meaning that the inside of a tooth is treated. When root canal therapy is performed, the infected contents of the canal are removed to protect a tooth and restore oral function.
#2 Root Canal Treatment is Always Painful
Endodontic care has a reputation for being painful; however, most of our patients report that receiving root canal therapy doesn’t feel much different from receiving a filling. The reason this form of treatment is considered painful might be because having an infected root canal is very uncomfortable. After endodontic care, pain will subside and a patient can resume normal oral function.
#3 If a Toothache Goes Away, You Don’t Need Treatment
Toothaches are a common symptom of having an infected root canal. Some people believe that a toothache subsiding means that their teeth do not require professional treatment. The absence of painful symptoms doesn’t mean the threat to your tooth no longer exists. A toothache subsiding actually could mean that the nerve ending was killed by an infection and therefore no longer produces pain sensations.
If you are struggling with tooth pain or if it’s time for a checkup, call our practice to schedule a checkup with our dentist.
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