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3 Root Canal Myths

April 28, 2023 11:58 pm

For many patients, the news that they need a root canal can send shivers down their spine. There are many misconceptions about root canal treatment that make patients worry about this treatment and even put it off until their dental situation becomes an emergency. We hope to debunk three myths about root canals that may be holding you back from getting the treatment you need.

Myth: Root canals are painful.

Most pain associated with root canals comes from the infection inside the tooth. But thanks to modern technology and advancement in anesthetics, root canals aren’t as uncomfortable as they were in the past. After all, a root canal isn’t meant to make the pain worse. It is meant to relieve the discomfort produced by the infection! To make the root canal experience more comfortable, Dr. Stradling and our team will numb the tooth and surrounding area by administering a local anesthetic.

Myth: A tooth extraction is always better than a root canal treatment.

Preserving your natural teeth for as long as possible is usually better for your oral and overall health. Although tooth extraction may be a quick solution, a root canal is less traumatic and more cost-effective than opting for a long-term tooth replacement solution.

Myth: Root canals always require multiple dental appointments.

Restorative treatments, including root canal therapy, are faster and have a quicker recovery than ever before. While the number of visits you will need depends on the severity of your case, root canal treatment can often be completed in a single visit.

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By learning more about a treatment, the less likely you’ll delay treatment due to fear! At Cactus Point Dental, our team can answer any additional questions you may have about root canal treatment. We will strive to help you feel as comfortable as possible throughout any dental procedures you receive at our office. Please contact us if you are still worried about an upcoming root canal procedure!

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