Root canal therapy is one of the most misunderstood restorative treatments out there. In reality, root canal therapy is a common, effective procedure that can preserve your natural tooth while easing your pain. To help you learn more about this treatment, our team at Dental Wellness Phoenixville is debunking 5 common myths about root canal therapy.

Myth #1

Root Canals Hurt

Root canals have the unfair reputation of being painful. Older methods of performing root canals probably were more painful, but today’s root canal therapy actually will help ease your pain. You may experience some minor discomfort after the procedure, but it should go away in a day or two.

Myth #2

Root Canals Are Extensive Procedures That Require Multiple Visits

Root canals are an efficient way to treat severely decayed or damaged teeth. During the procedure, our team will remove infected material, clean the inside of the tooth, and then place a protective crown over the natural tooth. This entire procedure is completed over one or two appointments.

Myth #3

A Root Canal is Only a Temporary Fix

Root canals are a long-lasting solution to damaged or infected teeth. They preserve and protect your natural tooth while restoring its function. Studies show that root canal therapy has a success rate of over 95%, and in most cases they will last for a lifetime!

Myth #4

Root Canals Can Cause Infection

Root canal therapy does not cause infection — it removes it! The first step in the root canal process is to remove the infected pulp from your tooth. Then, we thoroughly clean the tooth to ensure no infection remains. In many ways root canal therapy is safer than removing the natural tooth, since tooth extraction can increase your risk for infection and other complications.

Myth #5

Root Canals Remove the Whole Tooth

Root canal therapy is a great way to preserve and protect your natural tooth. In general, saving a natural tooth by performing root canal therapy is preferable to extracting the tooth. A protective cap is placed on the natural tooth to strengthen it but the tooth itself stays intact. However, if it is determined that the tooth does need to be removed, Dr. David provides gentle tooth extractions as well as root canal treatment.

Root Canal Therapy in Phoenixville, PA

If you need a root canal, you can count on Dr. David and our team to provide gentle and professional treatment. To ask us any questions or to schedule a consultation, call our office today!