Common Misconceptions About Root Canals

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Whether it’s tooth sensitivity from cold beverages or tooth pain when chewing, a root canal may be what you need to get some relief. A root canal is a common dental procedure performed by a dentist, but there are often misconceptions that make patients hesitant about them. To debunk these misconceptions, we’re letting you know three common misconceptions and provide you with the right information in case you need a root canal in the future!

Three Common Misconceptions About Root Canals

1. Root Canal Treatment is Extremely Painful

If shivers go down your spine when you think about a root canal, you’re not alone. Pain is a common misconception about root canal therapy. However, root canal therapy does not cause pain! The pain comes from the infection, and a root canal can actually resolve the pain experienced.

2. Pulling a Tooth is Better Than a Root Canal

While it may seem like pulling a tooth is the easiest way to deal with pain, it is always better to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Pulling a tooth will require a restoration in its place, which won’t function quite like your natural tooth.

3. Root Canal Therapy Does Not Last

Thanks to modern dental technology and years of root canal treatments, the success rate of root canals is high. Typically the sooner the root canal is complete, the better. The best way to ensure no reinfection or issue is to continue visiting our office for follow-up or routine appointments!

Root Canal Symptoms

There are many myths about root canal treatment, but these misconceptions shouldn’t stop you from getting the care you need. If you’re experiencing these root canal symptoms, we suggest you set an appointment:

  • Severe pain while chewing
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Dental Abscess

Restorative Dental Care at Overland Park Family Dental

At Overland Park Family Dental, our team understands many patients fear root canal therapy or other restorative treatments. So we do our best to inform patients of all the benefits and misconceptions that might be stopping them.

Contact us to learn more about restorative dentistry options today!

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