North River Dental Care

Misconceptions about Root Canal Therapy

Drawing of the inner anatomy of a tooth to show its root canals

If tooth decay, damage, and infection are left untreated, these can cause serious complications, such as tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and systemic inflammation and infection. Root canal treatment removes a damaged pulp (the inner layer of the tooth) and flushes out infection to preserve the natural tooth and prevent the infection from spreading further.

Root canal therapy is sometimes misunderstood by patients. Here are some common misconceptions about this restorative treatment:

1. "Root Canals Are Very Painful"

Many patients worry that root canal therapy is a long and painful procedure. Your dentist will carefully numb the area around the affected tooth so that your root canal treatment will be virtually painless. If you have dental anxiety, you may even benefit from dental sedation that can allow you to relax (or even fall asleep!) during your treatment.

2. "Root Canal Treatment Is Never Necessary"

Since it is an invasive treatment, your trusted dentist will only recommend root canal therapy when it is beneficial for you. Root canal therapy safely addresses an aggressive tooth infection or abscess while preserving your natural tooth and without causing additional damage to your mouth's healthy tissue. The infected tissue will be removed and replaced with a biocompatible material. The tooth will then be sealed to prevent the spread of infection and restore its functionality.

3. "Root Canals Are Expensive"

North River Dental Care has many financial options to make necessary oral healthcare affordable for your budget. For example, we offer in-house payment plans and accept third-party financing through CareCredit®. Plus, members of our North River Advantage Plan save money on their routine preventive care and receive discounts on additional services.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Treatment

  • Severe pain, especially when you bite down
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swollen gums
  • Halitosis (chronic bad breath)
  • Unpleasant taste in mouth
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Loose teeth

Root Canal Therapy in Fredericksburg, VA

If you are experiencing any of the above warning signs, call us right away for a root canal consultation. We can help you find relief and restore your smile to full health!


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