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Root Canals and Cancer: Breaking Down the Myth

December 11, 2020

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scared woman who is wondering do root canals cause cancer

Every couple of weeks, it feels like breaking news shares findings that something else causes cancer. In some cases, these updates can help you steer clear of danger and keep your body healthier. However, rumors and conspiracy theories are perpetuated on the internet, confusing the masses and spreading fear. In some cases, these rumors can prevent people from seeking treatment they need for their well-being. One such example is root canal therapy. Here’s the truth to the question: do root canals cause cancer?


Do Root Canals Cause Cancer?

November 8, 2020

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“Cancer” surrounded by question marks — do root canals cause cancer?

Patients with a severely damaged or infected tooth generally have two treatment options: root canal therapy or an extraction. In most cases, root canal therapy is the superior choice because it preserves the natural tooth. However, there are some naysayers out there who claim that this treatment can cause serious illnesses, including cancer. Is that true? Do root canals cause cancer? Let’s discuss the science behind why the answer to that question is a resounding no.


Are Root Canals Expensive?

October 22, 2020

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Dentist talking to patient with tooth pain

Have you been putting off your root canal therapy? You’re not alone. In fact, an estimated 15% of Americans avoid getting this critical dental treatment each year. Aside from fear, the biggest culprit of this statistic is concerns over how expensive the procedure will be. Unfortunately, this only exacerbates the problem, making it much worse for your oral health and your wallet. Therefore, a dentist in Huntsville is sharing three factors that influence your root canal cost!


Why You Shouldn’t Put Off a Root Canal for Too Long

September 28, 2020

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Brown-haired woman in sweater rubbing her jaw

Because root canal therapy has a reputation for being a highly painful procedure (which, incidentally, is not true), many patients are afraid to keep their appointment for the treatment even when they’re told it’s necessary to save their tooth. Some might even delay the procedure for years! But of course, you can’t delay an important procedure forever without eventually suffering the consequences. In this post, you’ll learn exactly why it’s never a good idea to avoid a root canal procedure.


Is There Any Way to Save My Cracked Tooth?

August 17, 2020

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Woman in pain due to cracked tooth, needs endodontic treatment

You’re enjoying a delicious, crispy cookie or another relatively hard food when suddenly — ow! You feel a sharp pain in your tooth. You hope the pain goes away, but as the minutes and hours wear on, the problem only seems to get worse. You suspect the tooth is cracked, and you might dread the idea of going to the dentist because you do not want to undergo an extraction. Fortunately, in most cases, it is possible to save a cracked tooth via root canal therapy. Let’s discuss the importance of this treatment and how it can work to preserve your precious smile.


Why Did Your Dentist Refer You to an Endodontist?

July 25, 2020

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Male patient in dental chair waiting for endodontist

Calling your general dentist as soon as you start noticing persistent pain in one of your teeth is generally the right move. However, you might be surprised when, instead of treating the tooth themselves, your dentist instead refers you to an endodontist. You must realize, though, that referrals happen because dentists truly care about giving you the best chance of successfully saving your tooth – and in many cases, that means leaving advanced treatments like root canal therapy to the experts. Read on to learn why you might be told to see an endodontist and how it could make a difference.


Is It Safe to Have Dental Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

May 15, 2020

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Patient realizing it is safe to have dental surgery

You’ve been doing everything you can to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ve social distanced, quarantined, and worn a mask whenever you’ve done out in public. Suddenly, you wake up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in your mouth that just won’t go away. You go back to sleep, hoping it’ll be better in the morning, but it’s even worse when you wake up. You decide that you need to be seen by a dentist but are concerned about being exposed to several other people. Fortunately, dental practices across the nation are aware of these concerns and have gone to great lengths to ensure your health and safety when you visit their office. Read more to find out why it is safe to have dental surgery during the pandemic.


Do You Need an Endodontist or a Hospital? What to Do About Tooth Pain

March 21, 2020

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Woman in yellow shirt at home with tooth pain

One morning you wake up and immediately notice unbearable pain in one of your teeth. Flossing and rinsing doesn’t seem to help, and looking in the mirror you’ve noticed that your gums have become swollen. All the signs are pointing to an infection that could put your smile and your overall health in danger. Your first instinct might be to call an emergency room; after all, that’s what you’re supposed to do if you have any kind of severe discomfort. But is that really the case for tooth pain? Read on to learn why you might need to call an endodontist instead of a hospital when it comes to certain emergencies.


How Will I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

February 18, 2020

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Abscessed gums and infected teeth in need of root canal

You only have one set of permanent teeth that are meant to last the rest of your life. So if you have any reason to think a tooth is in danger, you should act quickly to seek treatment such as root canal therapy; otherwise, you could end up with a gap in your smile that throws off the balance of your bite and makes chewing a needlessly difficult task. Why would you need a root canal? How will you know the procedure is necessary? And who should you trust to perform it? Read on to learn the answers to these questions so that you’re well-prepared when an emergency strikes.


If You’re Not in Pain, Why do You Need a Root Canal?

January 14, 2020

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person with their hands raised

Getting the news that you need a root canal can be scary and make you feel nervous. Even though you’re not experiencing any pain, your endodontist has said you need the treatment in order to save your natural tooth. Why’s that? There are several different reasons why you could need a root canal. Read on to learn three reasons why this treatment may be necessary even though your tooth isn’t bothering you.

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