Correcting Misconceptions About Root Canal Therapy

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Root canal therapy is one of the most commonly misunderstood dental treatments. Because of this, many people are nervous about having this treatment performed on a tooth. To clear the air, Dr. Andrew Calhoun and our team would like to correct some common misconceptions about root canal treatment.

Myth 1: Root Canal Therapy Is Painful.
The discomfort that people think of is actually because of the infection of a tooth, not because of the actual treatment. Root canal therapy is performed to remove the pain of an infected tooth. The procedure itself is actually quite comfortable, as a local anesthetic is used to numb the area.

Myth 2: I Shouldn’t Get Root Canal Therapy Because the Tooth Will Need to Be Removed Anyway.
Most root canal treatments are actually successful, so the infected tooth will not need to be removed. Root canal therapy is performed to save the tooth from extraction.

Myth 3: If My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt, I Don’t Need Root Canal Therapy.
Our dentist in Jacksonville, Florida, can determine if a tooth’s pulp is infected or otherwise damaged. Because of this, he may recommend a root canal even if your tooth doesn’t hurt. Be sure to follow your suggested treatment plan, as we know what is best for your teeth.

Myth 4: Root Canal Therapy Means My Whole Tooth Is Being Removed.
The purpose of root canal treatment is to save a tooth, not remove it. Your tooth and its roots are not removed. The insides of the root canals are cleaned out and sealed to treat the infection.

Myth 5: Once I’ve had a Root Canal, I Won’t Have to go Back to the Dentist for a While
Actually, we may recommend that you come in for a follow-up appointment so that we can ensure that all of the infected material was removed from the tooth. Also, another appointment may be necessary so that a dental crown can be placed to protect the treated tooth.

To learn more and to schedule a visit, we invite you to contact Jacksonville Endodontic Associates at 904-296-8884 today.