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Jul
12

Misconceptions About Root Canals

Posted in Root Canals

If you need a root canal, you may be dreading it because of all the bad things you have heard about root canals.  Fortunately, most of that information simply isn’t true.  A root canal should not be painful.  In fact, it usually relieves the pain you have been having in your tooth and you will feel much better following the root canal.

If your dentist has told you that you need a root canal, don’t put it off.  A root canal is dental procedure that preserves a natural tooth that has an infection in the pulpy are in the middle of the tooth.  These infections are not only usually painful, but left untreated they typically result in the loss of the tooth.  You are far better off preserving your natural teeth if possible than replacing a lost tooth with an implant, bridge, or denture.

Some people are under the misconception that root canals only prolong the inevitable and that the tooth will eventually need to be removed even after a root canal.  Actually, a root canal should be permanent restoration of the infected tooth.  Barring any additional problems, with normal oral health care the restored tooth should last a lifetime.

Additionally, in some cases you may need a root canal even if you are not feeling any pain or discomfort in the tooth.  Sometimes the tooth’s pulp can be damaged or infected without you feeling any pain.  In other cases, your dentist can tell that the pulp cavity has been compromised and that it is only a matter of time before an infection sets in.

In these cases, the sooner you get the root canal done, the easier the procedure will be and the better your outcome will be.  Don’t avoid having a root canal.  The procedure is not painful and it will save your natural teeth.

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