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By Brilliant Smiles Dental
May 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Root canal therapy has an unpleasant reputation. However, in reality, this procedure is no more uncomfortable than a regular dental filling. There myths surrounding this procedure may fuel the fire behind many people’s fear of the dentist, making it important to get the facts on this procedure. Learn more about root canals with help from your Delray Beach, FL dentist at Brilliant Smiles Dental.Root Canal

Root Canal Myths: 
#1 “Root canals are painful.” 

The very first step during a root canal is to numb the area of the mouth which your Delray Beach dentist will work on. By using a local anesthetic, your dentist ensures you will feel no pain during your procedure aside from the minuscule prick of the anesthetic being injected. By removing the decayed or dead tissue from within your tooth, root canals actually stop a toothache in its tracks and allow you to get back to your daily activities pain-free.

#2 “Root canals are time-consuming.” 
Root canal procedures usually last about an hour, with particularly stubborn cases’ procedures lasting up to 90 minutes. While this is longer than a normal dental filling, it is not an all day event. Root canals usually require a dental crown to protect and stabilize the affected tooth. This means that you may have to come back for a second appointment to place the crown. However, the second appointment only lasts on average about 30 minutes, making your total procedure time anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours. In less time than it takes to watch most movies, you can save your tooth, quell your toothache, and protect your tooth for years to come.

#3 “Extraction is easier and less complex than a root canal.” 
While tooth extraction may seem like an easier procedure than a root canal, it comes with a plethora of side effects which can affect your bite, self-esteem, and mouth in general. Missing teeth leave behind a gap, allowing the surrounding teeth to shift into the place your old tooth once was. This affects your bite, making chewing and eating more difficult. Additionally, missing teeth no longer stimulate the jawbone they were once in, causing bone atrophy. Atrophy can lead to sagging facial muscles, causing you to look older.

#4 “Root canals are only necessary when I have a toothache.” 
Seeing your dentist for regular dental examinations and cleanings twice a year allows them to catch tooth decay early. Sometimes, they find a tooth where the decay has progressed too far to be treated by a dental filling, but not far enough into the tooth’s inner pulp to cause any pain. In this case, a root canal to remove the decayed tissues can take place before any pain from a toothache is felt.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 272-2131 to speak with an associate about scheduling your dental examination today!

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