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If you could think of one dental treatment you would most like to avoid, what would it be? Is root canal therapy the first thing that comes to mind? Would you be surprised to hear that there are a number of myths and misconceptions about this treatment?

For example, you may have heard that getting a root canal is extremely painful. If you have heard this, would you be surprised to hear that most patients who have had root canal therapy say it’s comparable to getting a cavity filled? You might have also heard that having the offending tooth removed is preferable to having root canal therapy. However, saving your existing tooth is generally a better choice than extracting your natural tooth.

Another common misconception is that you can’t have a damaged root canal if you’re not experiencing any discomfort or pain. However, it is important to be aware that while pain and discomfort are common symptoms that could indicate the need for a root canal, there are other symptoms you should be aware of. For example, swollen or discolored gums could also be a sign of a damaged root canal. You should also be aware that you could have a damaged root canal and not have any of these painful side effects. This is another reason we recommend scheduling regular checkups with us once every six months.

If you’d like to hear more about the dental care you can receive from our team, or have any more questions about coping with a damaged root canal in Bloomington, Minnesota, please don’t hesitate to give Mitchell Olson DDS a call at 952-884-1308. Our dentist, Dr. Mitchell Olson, and our team look forward to meeting with you.