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Misperceptions About Root Canal Therapy

We know there are misperceptions out there about root canal therapy. We also know that it’s a topic people don’t typically think about in a favorable light. Root canal therapy has always been a bit of a “whipping boy” in dentistry—and, its reputation is probably undeserved. This is especially true given today’s awesome treatment advancements.

The Most Common Misperception

The problems that lead up to needing a root canal can be painful because they affect your tooth’s pulp and nerves. Oftentimes people associate root canal treatment with the discomfort that made the treatment necessary in the first place. Don’t forget that root canal therapy is the solution, not the problem! And, root canals don’t need to be painful.

Get to the root of tooth pain: Don’t ignore tooth pain. The recurring pain you feel might be a sign that you need a root canal. Tooth discomfort often indicates an infection.

Signs of infection severe enough to require a root canal include:

  • pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area
  • pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli is removed
  • a small, pimple-like bump on the gums
  • darkening of the tooth
  • gum tenderness or swelling near the area of tooth pain 
  • swelling around the face and neck

According to the American Association of Endodontists, millions of root canal procedures are done each year in America. 

A root canal can:

  • save the natural tooth
  • allow for more efficient and comfortable chewing
  • alleviate pain
  • maintain a natural appearance

Today’s Ingredients For Comfortable Root Canal Treatments:

  • safe, effective anesthesia
  • extremely precise tools
  • incredible imaging technology that enhances how and what we see
  • shorter treatment times

If you’re anxious about having a root canal, or about any other dental treatment, please let us know. Or if you have questions, please ask us. Your comfort is our #1 priority. Don’t postpone important dental care because of fear. We listen and we care. Let’s take great care of your oral health, together. 

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