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The Top 4 Myths About Root Canals (Busted)

Today’s root canal techniques allow for a minimally-invasive, pain-free treatment. Dr. Ahmed uses the latest tools and best practices to provide gentle root canal therapy in Rocky Hill and Berlin, CT. We also offer sedation dentistry to make sure all patients feel safe and comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

Unfortunately, there are a number of myths and misconceptions about root canals that still persist, so our team wants to set the record straight and keep our patients informed about what actually happens during root canal therapy. Here are a few common myths you may have heard about root canals, and some facts to shed some light:

Root Canals Are A Painful, Invasive Procedure

False! A root canal is actually quite similar to having a filling placed. First, Dr. Ahmed will numb your mouth and remove the damaged or infected enamel from your tooth. Next, a small hole is created in the top of your tooth. Then, Dr. Ahmed will remove the infected tooth pulp from the tooth, and fill the empty area with a rubber-like material to support the tooth’s structure. Finally, a temporary filling or crown is placed to protect your tooth from further damage. The entire process is minimally-invasive, and most patients report absolutely no discomfort throughout the procedure.

Getting A Root Canal Is Inconvenient And Takes A Long Time

The root canal process usually takes only 1-2 hours at most, so you can have your tooth treated quickly and get back to your day-to-day life. The follow-up appointment to place your permanent crown usually takes less than an hour.

I Don’t Need A Root Canal If I Don’t Have A Toothache

A toothache is a sign of an infected tooth, but it’s not the only symptom that you should look out for. If you notice swelling and redness around your tooth, increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, or sensitivity to pressure when chewing, you may have an infected tooth that requires root canal therapy. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahmed right away for a consultation.

I Might As Well Just Let My Tooth Fall Out, And Replace It

It is always best to try to save your tooth with root canal therapy. Replacing your tooth with a partial denture, dental implant, or bridge is the last resort. Extracting and replacing your tooth will be much more expensive, inconvenient, and time-consuming compared to having a root canal.

Know What’s Fact (And Fiction) About Root Canals

If you think you have an infected tooth, a root canal is the best way to save your tooth and prevent further issues with your oral health. Contact River Park Dental at (860) 785-8496 for an appointment, or come to our office near Hartford, Wethersfield, and Newington at River Park Dental.

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