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Why Are People Afraid of Root Canals?

Posted on 7/30/2017 by Lemond Hunter
Hunter Dental Care can help those afraid of root canals.
Root canals are probably one of the most feared procedures in all of dentistry. Amazingly, most people would rather have their teeth pulled than have a root canal to save their teeth. Where does this fear come from and why has it persisted?

In the good old days of dentistry there were no options. It was painful. No one administered local anesthetics to minimize the discomfort. You've probably seen movies where the patient takes a couple of shots of whiskey before getting their tooth pulled. Of course, that was dentistry in the 1800's. Dentistry has come a long way since then. The days of painful dentistry are over.

Facts About Root Canals

What makes a dentist recommend a root canal? Well, think about what led you to go to the dentist in the first place. Nine times out of ten, it is painful. When you experience pain in your teeth, you go to the dentist to get it relieved. Depending on the condition of the tooth, you may have to have a root canal. Your dentist can make sure that you feel no pain when you have the procedure. The good news is that once the root canal is completed, you will be pain free.

Another reason people fear root canals is the idea that it will take multiple visits to complete the procedure. That is true only in the rarest of cases and the most severe problems. Most of the time you only need one visit and you are finished.

Some people think that root canals cause your teeth to get brittle and weak. This simply isn’t true. Root canals are the single thing that can help you to keep your natural teeth. Without a root canal, you are more likely to lose your natural teeth. Don’t fear root canals. They are your friend. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (503) 256-3737.


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