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Many People Falsely Believe a Root Canal is Dangerous for Your Tooth

Posted on 11/21/2022 by Dr. Ahmed Matri
Many People Falsely Believe a Root Canal is Dangerous for Your ToothPeople often assume that root canals are painful, and dread the prospect of ever needing to get one. You may have even heard myths that a root canal can damage your tooth or cause an illness. The truth is that a root canal actually saves your tooth and improves your oral health! Here is some more information to help you understand when and why root canals are necessary, and how they save your teeth.

When is a Root Canal Necessary?

A root canal treatment is a method of thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the inside of your tooth and its roots. It is necessary when untreated tooth decay has progressed past the enamel and started damaging the dentin and pulp of your tooth. You might also need a root canal to treat an abcessed tooth, gum disease, or an infection caused by a broken tooth or other injury.

How Does a Root Canal Save Your Tooth?

Missing a tooth not only impacts your self-confidence and your ability to eat and speak normally, but it also weakens your jawbone and makes you more susceptible to cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and further tooth loss. Preserving a weakened tooth to the greatest extent possible is almost always a better option than extraction. While having your decayed tooth pulled may be a temporary solution, you are at risk of the above issues down the line if you do not replace the tooth, plus added costs from restoration and other treatments you may require in the future. With a root canal, on the other hand, we thoroughly disinfect your tooth, seal it off to prevent reinfection, and usually place a crown on top to reinforce the weakened tooth.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

Root canals may have been painful many decades ago. But with all of our modern technology and different options for sedation, a root canal should be virtually painless. Plus, root canals have a very high success rate and they help to prevent serious complications that would cost you more time, money, and discomfort in the future. Do not hesitate to call us with questions.

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