Mark W. Wright, DDS, PA

5 Myths About Root Canal Therapy

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Adults aren’t immune to fears about visiting the dentist. Root canals top the list of misunderstood dental treatments, but knowing more about what to expect can help alleviate anxiety. If you need root canal therapy in Twin Falls, ID, it’s time to bust a few myths so you can relax about the procedure.

1. Root Canals are Painful

Rest assured that you won’t feel any pain during root canal therapy. Your dentist will use a local anesthesia to thoroughly numb the entire area, and all you’ll feel is a bit of pressure as your dentist works.

2. Root Canals Hurt Afterwards

If you have a toothache, your tooth will feel much better after root canal therapy. Your dentist will remove and clean out the infection and bacteria inside the tooth. After your anesthesia wears off, you may have mild inflammation and sensitivity, which you can treat with an over-the-counter pain reliever for a day or two.

3. Root Canals Take Forever

Actually, this depends on the severity of your dental condition. But most root canals take only about 90 minutes. You will return for another visit to place your dental crown, which is an even shorter appointment.

4. Root Canals Can Get Infected

Root canal therapy has a high success rate! Once you have a root canal, you will not likely have to do anything to the tooth other than replace the dental crown many years later.

5. Extracting a Tooth is Better than a Root Canal

If you’re still nervous about your root canal, you might wonder if you should just have the tooth extracted to avoid future problems. However, missing teeth are expensive to replace! Also, dentists always prioritize saving your natural teeth to avoid a number of problems that can occur with missing teeth.

If you’re concerned about a tooth, call us to learn more about root canal therapy at our Twin Falls, ID dental office.

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