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There are many misconceptions floating around about root canal therapy. Many of these misconceptions are negative, so our dentists and team are more than happy to set the record straight.

Myth: Root canals are painful.
Many people associate root canal therapy with pain and discomfort. This pain actually comes because of an infection of the tooth. The root canal treatment is performed to relieve this pain and discomfort. The procedure is painless, as a local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and the surrounding tissues.

Myth: I don’t have a toothache, so I don’t need root canal treatment.
In many cases, a tooth that needs root canal therapy will not experience discomfort. Do not mistakenly think that this means that everything is fine. At Truman Village Family Dental, Dr. Jensen and Dr. Turnbow have ways of examining the tooth and discovering if the root canal is infected or damaged in some way. If the root canal is damaged, we may suggest root canal treatment, even if the tooth is not causing discomfort.

Myth: The roots of the tooth, or the entire tooth, are removed during a root canal.
Root canal therapy is performed to save a tooth, not remove it. Our dentists do not remove the roots or the tooth during root canal therapy. Instead, the infection is removed from the inside of the root canals. Nerve tissue and pulp are removed as well to ensure that all of the infection has been cleaned out.

Please contact our office at 816-569-9800 today to learn more about root canal therapy in Independence, Missouri, and to schedule a visit.