There are a lot of myths floating around about root canals, such as:
- Root canals are painful.
- Tooth extraction is better than a root canal.
- Root canals require multiple appointments to complete.
You might've heard your own horror stories about root canal treatment. But Dr. Hivick and his team are here today to debunk these myths about root canal treatment in Chagrin Falls, OH that simply aren't true.
#1: Root Canals Are Painful.
Root canals are often associated with pain. That's because if you need a root canal, it is likely that you are in pain due to an infected or abscessed tooth. Tooth infections can be painful and debilitating to the point that you can't sleep at night.
The truth is, root canal treatment alleviates tooth infections and also preserves your natural tooth (which is always our goal). Even better, when your dentist uses dental anesthetics to numb the area around your tooth for the procedures, you'll experience immediate relief from the discomfort your infection is causing.
#2: Tooth Extraction Is Better Than a Root Canal.
It is always best to preserve your natural tooth if you can. A missing tooth can lead to tooth shifting, bite misalignment, and bone loss. Therefore, Dr. Hivick only recommends tooth extraction when we have exhausted all other options.
During a root canal procedure, your Chagrin Falls dentist carefully removes the infected tissue from inside your tooth and then seals it temporarily for healing. Once your tooth is infection-free and healed, you'll return to our dental office to have it made stronger with a permanent filling or crown. This ensures you have all the functions you had previously before your tooth infection.
#3: Root Canals Require Multiple Appointments.
This is just not true. We can typically complete most root canal procedures in one appointment. However, after your tooth heals, you will need to return for your crown.
Contact Chagrin Family Dental Care
If you need more information about root canal treatment in Chagrin Falls, contact us today at (440) 338-1171.