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Misconceptions about Root Canals

August 2, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Christopher Takacs
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If you want to learn more about root canals in Ocean City, MD, contact our office at Atlantic Dental to learn more about how root canals work and what to expect during your treatment. There are many misconceptions about root canals that can make patients feel uneasy.

Common Misconceptions

  • Root canals hurt – Actually, root canal therapy relieves the pain and symptoms associated with the infection inside your tooth. Infection can occur because of deep decay or trauma. Since it is inside your tooth, pressing on the nerves, the symptoms can feel quite painful. Infections cause inflammation and swelling, so the discomfort may extend to your facial tissue and jaw area. A small pimple-like fissure on your gums may release some of the infection, but it still needs to be treated with a root canal to solve the problem.
  • Your tooth is the same afterward – Root canal teeth are actually more brittle because we remove the diseased tissue and the nerve. We can protect your root canal tooth with a crown to help prolong its structure and functionality. A crown absorbs force when you chew, making it less likely that you will break it because of eating or normal day-to-day wear.
  • Root canals don’t work – Actually, our success rate is very high when it comes to root canal treatment! Saving your natural teeth is often the best way to protect your overall health and wellness. It is also one of the most economical ways to protect your smile. Tooth replacement therapies are more costly than a root canal and a crown. Additionally, saving your natural tooth helps to preserve your bone. Bone loss is common when you lose a tooth and that puts your remaining teeth at risk!

Root Canals in Ocean City MD 

If you need more information about root canals in Ocean City, MD, contact our office to schedule an exam. We can let you know if root canal therapy is right for you.

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