Root Canals: Setting the Record Straight

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There are many myths floating around about root canal therapy. Many of these myths are negative, so our dentist and team are more than happy to set the record straight.

Myth: Root canals are painful.
Many people associate root canal therapy with pain. This pain actually comes because of an infection of the tooth. The root canal treatment is done to relieve this pain and discomfort. The procedure is painless, as a local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and the surrounding area.

Myth: Root canal treatment is not needed because the tooth will eventually be extracted anyways.
Assuming that a tooth treated with a root canal will eventually be extracted is incorrect. In most cases, root canal therapy successfully saves the tooth.

Myth: I don’t have a toothache, so I don’t need root canal treatment.
In many cases, a tooth that needs root canal therapy will not cause discomfort. Do not mistakenly think that this means that everything is fine. Dr. John Bosak, Jr. has ways of examining the tooth and discovering if the root canal is infected or damaged in some way. If the root canal is damaged, we may recommend root canal treatment, even if the tooth does not hurt.

Myth: The roots of the tooth, or the whole tooth, are removed during a root canal.
Root canal therapy is performed to save a tooth, not remove it. Our dentist does not remove the tooth or the roots during root canal therapy. Instead, the infection is removed from the inside of the root canals. Nerve tissue and pulp are removed as well to ensure that all of the infection has been cleaned out.

We welcome you to contact our office at 818-368-5676 today to learn more about root canal therapy in Granada Hills, California, and to schedule a visit.