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Correcting misconceptions about root canal treatment

One of the most commonly misunderstood dental treatments is root canal therapy. Because of this, many people are nervous about having this treatment performed on a tooth. To clear the air, Dr. Victor Zeines and our team would like to correct some common.

Myth 1: Root Canal Therapy Is Painful.
The discomfort that people think of is actually because of the infection of a tooth, not because of the actual treatment. Root canal therapy is performed to remove the pain of an infected tooth. The procedure itself is actually quite comfortable, as a local anesthetic is used to numb the area.

Myth 2: Root Canal Therapy Is Pointless Because the Tooth Will Need to Be Removed Anyway.
Most root canal treatments are actually successful, so the damaged tooth will not need to be removed. Root canal therapy is done to save the tooth from extraction.

Myth 3: If My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt, I Don’t Need Root Canal Therapy.
Our dentist in Shokan, New York, can determine if a tooth’s pulp is infected or otherwise damaged. Because of this, he may recommend a root canal even if your tooth feels normal. Be sure to follow the treatment plan that is suggested, as we know what is best for your teeth.

Myth 4: Once I’ve had a Root Canal, I Won’t Have to go Back to the Dentist for a While
We may recommend that you come in for a follow-up appointment so that we can ensure that all of the infected material was taken out of the tooth. Also, another visit may be necessary so that a dental crown can be placed to protect the treated tooth.

To learn more and to schedule a visit, feel free to contact Woodstock & Manhattan Institute for Holistic Dentistry today at 845-657-2322.

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