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What Do You Know About Root Canals?

Root canals are probably the most misunderstood dental treatment. People have all sorts of ideas about what is involved in a root canal, and much of the time they are getting their information from sources other than their dentist – in other words, unreliable sources. So, since quizzes are always fun, let’s find out how much you know about root canals. Are you a potential dental assistant, or … well, less knowledgeable? We’re going to give you five statements about root canals, and you just have to answer true or false. Let’s get started!

  1. If a root canal doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t work.

  2. Root canal treatment takes a long time.

  3. You cannot have a root canal if the tooth is infected.

  4. You have to have your tooth taken out before a root canal can be done.

  5. Even if you have a root canal, you will lose the tooth in a couple of years.

Okay, now let’s look at your score. Did you answer “False” to all of those questions? If you did, then you are a root canal pro! All of those statements are false. Let’s talk about them one by one.

  1. If it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t work – There is an old myth out there that suggests your dentist has to go down into the bottom of your tooth until they find pain, supposedly to get to the source of the infection and be sure of getting it all out. This is not true. Root canal is done under local anesthetic so you will feel no pain, and believe us, your dentist can get it all out without hurting you.
  2. Root canal treatment takes a long time – No. It takes no longer than any other dental treatment.
  3. You cannot have a root canal if the tooth is infected – Excuse us? The whole purpose of a root canal is to remove infection. That is why you have it done.
  4. Your tooth has to be extracted before you can have a root canal – A root canal is done so that you do not lose the tooth.
  5. You will still lose the tooth – Not usually. Most of the time a root canal saves the tooth. Sometimes it’s a “wait and see” situation, but your dentist will tell you if the tooth is so far gone that you will likely lose it in the near future, and will not proceed with an expensive root canal procedure if it looks as though you will still lose the tooth.

So, there you go. Questions answered and myths dispelled.

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Now that you know the truth about root canals, contact us if you think you may need this treatment. You can reach Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio by calling 718-984-7700, or by using the form on our Contact Us page.