Shedding Some Light on 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. Don Niu and our team would like to shed some light on root canal treatment.

Myth 1: Root Canal Therapy Is Painful.
The discomfort that people think of is actually because of the infected tooth, not because of the actual root canal treatment. Root canal therapy is performed to remove the pain of an infected tooth. The procedure itself actually causes little to no discomfort, as a local anesthetic is used to numb the area.

Myth 2: If My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt, I Don’t Need Root Canal Therapy.
Our dentist in Irvine, California, can determine if a tooth’s pulp is infected. Because of this, he may recommend a root canal even if your tooth isn’t sore. Be sure to follow your suggested treatment plan, as we know what is best for your teeth.

Myth 3: 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 extracted. The insides of the root canals are cleaned out and sealed to treat the infection.

Myth 4: Once I’ve had a Root Canal, I Won’t Have to go Back to the Dentist for a While
Actually, we may suggest that you come in for a follow-up appointment so that we can ensure that all of the infected material was successfully removed from the tooth. Also, another appointment may be needed so that a dental crown can be placed to protect the treated tooth.

To learn more and to schedule a reservation, we invite you to call Irvine Dental Group at 949-551-8877 today.