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Do Root Canals Cause Cancer?

March 9, 2023

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patient learning about whether root canals cause cancer

When dealing with a severely infected tooth, waiting for the infection to heal on its own or relying on antibiotics won’t suffice. A root canal is the only effective treatment. Although the procedure boasts a 95% success rate, misinformation about it is not uncommon, including the belief that it can cause cancer. But is there any truth to this claim? Read on to learn more about how root canal therapy works and whether it poses a cancer risk.

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My Toothache is Gone! Do I Still Need a Root Canal?

February 3, 2023

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an illustration of a tooth that is infected

If your dentist told you that you need root canal therapy, you may have instantly groaned with dread. However, it’s not quite the bad news it seems to be. While Hollywood has perpetuated the myth that it is painful, only 95% of people experience little to mild discomfort with the procedure. As a matter of fact, root canal therapy is meant to relieve you of your tooth pain, not cause more! But what if your toothache goes away? Read on to learn more about root canal therapy and why you may still need the procedure even if your tooth isn’t causing you discomfort anymore.

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How Do I Know If I Need Root Canal Retreatment?

January 3, 2023

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If you’ve had a root canal performed at some point, you probably experienced firsthand that the procedure wasn’t nearly as scary as you expected it to be. Root canals are usually used to save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction, and can be a painless way to treat very uncomfortable infections.

However, you might have noticed recently that you’ve started feeling the same discomfort you had when you first needed that root canal. In that case, you may require what’s called a root canal retreatment. If you want to know a little more about what this is and why you may need it, here’s a guide that can help you.

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3 Myths about Root Canals, Busted!

December 3, 2022

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patient holding her tooth and looking at her dentist

For one reason or another, root canals have gotten a pretty bad reputation among patients. Some people absolutely dread the procedure, when the reality is that root canals can be a great way to relieve a painful toothache.

If you want to know a little more, here are some of the most common myths about root canal treatments, and why they aren’t what they seem.

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3 Reasons You Won’t Regret Getting a Root Canal

November 3, 2022

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A patient smiling because she’s undergoing root canal therapy

If you have an upcoming root canal, you might be feeling a little nervous—but this procedure is absolutely nothing you need to worry about and something you won’t regret undergoing at all! In fact, root canals are quite useful when it comes to treating compromised teeth and aren’t particularly painful or frightening at all. Here are three reasons from your dentist that should inspire confidence about the treatment.

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Is It Expensive to Get a Root Canal?

October 3, 2022

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Wallet of money

Have you been told by your dentist that you need a root canal? Fortunately, root canals aren’t painful like they’re portrayed in movies and TV shows. Root canals actually relieve the discomfort that you’ve been experiencing. However, many patients are worried about the cost of their treatment. There are numerous factors that contribute to the cost of root canal therapy. Continue reading to learn what they are so you know what you can expect.

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How to Plan Your Timeline for Root Canal Therapy

August 15, 2022

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Man getting dental work done in office

Root canal therapy is not anyone’s first choice, but if you need one, it’s actually great news – it means that the affected tooth can be saved. Retaining your natural tooth has a number of benefits, including helping you keep more of your pearly whites healthy and right where they should be for years to come. 

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4 Common Dental Emergency Procedures

July 15, 2022

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Dental emergencies can be incredibly stressful. In addition to the pain and the damage to the mouth, there’s also the uncertainty of how the issue is ultimately going to be dealt with. The treatment you receive depends on your situation, so the only way to know for sure what to expect is to schedule an emergency appointment. Nevertheless, knowing about procedures that are commonly performed for a dental emergency can help keep you calm. Below are 4 examples of common emergency treatments.

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What’s Normal – And What’s Not – After Getting a Root Canal

June 21, 2022

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woman with toothache touching cheek

A root canal is a procedure that your dentist may recommend if you have a tooth that is too damaged to fix with a simple filling or crown. Believe it or not, if you need a root canal, that is actually good news because it means your natural tooth can still be saved.

Root canals are routine procedures that are performed inside your dentist’s office. The recovery period should not take more than a few days – but you may experience side effects that are common with any oral procedure during that time. Keep reading to learn more about what is normal following a root canal and what may be cause for concern. 

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Dentist VS Endodontist: Which is Best?

May 6, 2022

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Infected tooth needing a root canalIf you are like most adults, you likely visit a general dentist for routine services, like cleanings and checkups. They have the experience and qualifications to prevent, diagnose, and treat a variety of issues to preserve your natural smile. Although they are skilled in their profession, some cases can exceed their qualifications. Instead, you might be referred to an endodontist to have your tooth rehabilitated. While they may offer many of the same services, there are significant differences between a dentist and an endodontist. 

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