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Reality of Root Canal Therapy

Star City Dental Busts These Popular Root Canal Myths!

The Truth of Root Canal Therapy

Dr. Mimi Long is here to put a kibosh on popular root canal myths! The thought of a root canal treatment is typically associated with negative and fearful emotions. Oftentimes, there are misconceptions that root canal or similar endodontic treatment can cause additional pain and/or illness and should be avoided at all costs. The truth is, the pain and inconvenience that is associated with endodontic dental treatment can be avoided by having a thorough treatment plan put in place with our experts in Lincoln, Nebraska. The longer recommended treatment is postponed can lead to more pain, expenses, and the chances of saving your tooth.

What is a Root Canal?
dental root canal (also known as an endodontic treatment) is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected, such as an abscess tooth. Without therapy, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and possibly spread the infection to the bone around the teeth. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown. At Star City Dental, we understand life is busy enough; getting a tooth restoration shouldn’t be stressful or time-consuming. All of our offices are equipped with CEREC same-day crowns help restore teeth in a single appointment with crowns made right in the office.

How much does a Root Canal cost?
Our team likes to reiterate the importance that every patient’s needs are different and depending on how elaborate the problem is and where the affected tooth is located can also play into how much treatment will cost. We do accept a wide range of insurances, payment plans, and an in house savings plan for you to get the treatment you deserve. Generally, endodontic treatment and restoration of natural teeth are less expensive than the alternative of having any teeth extracted. Extracted teeth are highly recommended to be replaced with an implant or a bridge to restore basic comfortability factors (such as chewing and speaking).

MYTH 1: “Root Canal Treatment is Painful”

We understand that going to the dentist is not everyone’s favorite thing to do. In fact, seven percent of the entire population suffer from dental anxiety. We’ll ensure you and your family feel at home with our advanced technology making your visits comfortable and seamless. The pain from a severe toothache, often caused by damaged tissues in the tooth, can be easily remedied when a dental professional removes the damaged tissue through root canal treatment. The best part is that the pain of your infected tooth will quickly be gone with modern technology and anesthetics. Our team is transparent throughout the process and knowing what to expect while having a root canal can help ease a lot of anxiety for many patients.

MYTH 2: “If My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt, I Don’t Need Root Canal Treatment”

A common assumption people make is that if their teeth don’t hurt, they’re healthy. This isn’t always true. In some cases, the tooth may already have died, but it still needs root canal therapy to prevent an infection. You may find information on the internet or elsewhere, claiming that if you receive root canal treatment you’re more likely to become ill or contract a disease in the future, which simply isn’t true according to the American Association of Endodontics. At Star City Dental, we encourage routine check ups throughout the year to ensure your dental health needs are met and to avoid unnecessary pain in the future.

MYTH 3: “It’s Just Better and Easier to Pull the Tooth”
If possible, the best route is always to save your natural teeth. Endodontic treatment has a high success rate and many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. In addition, other treatments (such as implants OR bridges) may result in further procedures which can lead to even more inconvenience and money spent.

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance and feeling
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Dr. Mimi Long and her assistant

It’s time to stop toothaches and save your tooth with Star City Dental.

The truth is that root canal therapy is a great way to save a tooth, and our advanced technology has made the process seamless and pain-free. If you’ve been avoiding root canal treatment because of one of these myths, do the best thing for your tooth and overall health and call our office or book an appointment online today!

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