Root Canals: Correcting Misconceptions

There are many myths and misconceptions floating around about root canal therapy. Many of these myths are negative, so our dentist and team are more than happy to set the record straight.

Myth: Root canal therapy is painful.
Many people associate root canal therapy with pain. Any pain actually comes from the infection of the tooth. The root canal treatment is done to relieve this pain and discomfort. The procedure itself is painless, as a local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and the surrounding area.

Myth: Root canal treatment is unnecessary because the tooth will eventually be extracted.
Assuming that a tooth treated with a root canal will eventually be extracted is incorrect. In most cases, root canal therapy successfully saves the tooth.

Myth: I don’t have a toothache, so I don’t need a root canal.
In some cases, a tooth that needs root canal therapy will not cause discomfort. Do not mistakenly think that this means that everything is fine. At Angel Dentistry, Dr. Amber Angel has ways of examining the tooth and discovering if the root canal is infected or damaged in some way. If the root canal is damaged or infected, you may need root canal treatment, even if the tooth does not hurt.

Myth: The roots of the tooth, or the whole tooth, are removed during a root canal.
Root canal therapy is performed to save a tooth, not to extract it. Our dentist does not remove the tooth or the roots during root canal therapy. Instead, the infection is removed from inside of the root canals.

We welcome you to contact our office at 602-788-2008 today for more information about root canal therapy in Phoenix, Arizona, and to set up your next appointment. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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