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You have a painful and tender tooth and swelling gums. When you go to the dentist, you are informed that you need root canal therapy. You’re worried because of what you’ve heard about the procedure. However, there is no need to fear. There are many misconceptions about root canal therapy.

Myth #1: Root canal treatment is painful.
Truth: Root canal treatment relieves pain. It does not cause it.

With modern technology and anesthetics, root canal therapy causes no more discomfort than having a filling placed. When a patient has a toothache, it is often caused by diseased tissues in the tooth. A root canal will remove this tissue from the tooth, which relieves the pain.

Myth #2: Root canal treatment causes illness.
Truth: There is no scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to disease elsewhere in the body.

Root canal treatment is a safe and effective procedure. During root canal therapy, bacteria is removed from the infected root canal. This prevents the spread of infection and saves the natural tooth. A study made in 2013 even found that those who have had multiple root canal treatments have a 45 percent reduced risk of cancer.

Myth #3: A good alternative to root canal treatment is pulling the tooth (extraction).
Truth: Saving the natural tooth when possible is always the very best option.

No restoration can completely replace your natural tooth. Artificial teeth sometimes make it difficult to eat and speak properly. Keeping your natural teeth will allow you to continue to eat and speak naturally and with ease. Root canal treatment is less expensive than extraction and the placement of a dental bridge or implant. Root canal treatment has a high success rate and the treated tooth can last a lifetime. Placement of a bridge or an implant means much more treatment time.

If you need root canal therapy, your dentist will answer any questions and ease any concerns you may have. Root canal treatment can allow you to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime!