Truths and Myths About Root Canals

When your dentist in Chicago recommends a root canal, you may be unsure of what to expect. Here are some common myths and information about the realities of root canals.

  • The Root Canal Procedure

During a root canal , your dentist finds and addresses problems in your tooth's core, which is called the dental pulp. Any infected pulp and nerves are removed and the tooth is sealed against further infection. One myth about root canals is that the procedure is long and uncomfortable. Generally, a root canal procedure is completed in only one or two appointments. Your dentist may choose to seal and restore the tooth with a crown the same day that the pulp is removed, or may recommend waiting about a week before doing so.

  • Root Canals and Pain

You may have heard that root canals are painful. In reality, many patients feel that undergoing a root canal is similar to having a cavity filled. Often, the tooth's nerve is damaged due to infection and will not register pain during the procedure. If you are still concerned about pain during the procedure, your dentist can anesthetize the area before proceeding. After the root canal, you may have some sensitivity in and around the tooth, but most patients are able to return to normal activities the day after the dental pulp is removed from the infected tooth.

  • Success of Root Canals

Another myth about root canals is that their benefits do not last long. On the contrary, root canals have a 95% success rate and most treatments last a lifetime. In early root canal procedures , a crown was not always applied to the tooth. Because removing the dental pulp eliminates a tooth's blood supply, the tooth can become brittle and break if not protected. Breakage of unprotected teeth has led to the myth that root canals tend to be unsuccessful.

If you live in the Chicago area and believe you may require dental treatment, call Art of Modern Dentistry today at (312) 361-0683. Our expert dentists also offer cosmetic treatment; contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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