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Common Myths About Root Canals Explained

December 30, 2020
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Posted By: Scott M. Hannaman, DDS Staff
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Root canals have the dubious honor of having a reputation that precedes them. In truth, the myth that surrounds them is largely disproportional—creating unnecessary fear and anxiety.

The common mistruth about root canals is that it should be avoided whenever possible. Yet, avoidance can lead to a costly and painful dental extraction while root canals are meant to save your tooth—and relieve any pain. 

If you have any concerns about this dental treatment, do not hesitate to call us at Scott M. Hannaman, DDS at (337) 474-4892. We invite you to continue reading about how root canals in Lake Charles, LA can benefit your oral health.

Root Canals Are Not Painful

Quite the opposite, root canals immediately end any pain by eliminating the inflammation and infection within your tooth. The actual procedure itself is designed to be easy and stress-free. We administer a local anesthetic to numb the area, so patients rarely feel more than slight pressure. Many patients are surprised that the procedure is no more painful than a cavity is. 

Patients who suffer from dental anxiety may benefit greatly from sedation dentistry. While the root canal treatment is not painful, we can reduce anxiety and fear through nitrous oxide, which introduces them into a dream-like state. Once the procedure is completed, the nitrous will wear off within minutes, allowing patients to drive themselves home.

Root Canals Can Save Your Tooth

Your Lake Charles dentists will always try to save your natural tooth whenever possible. Having a gap in your smile can be detrimental to your oral health and can even lead to further tooth loss. Root canal therapy has a high success rate in saving infected and damaged teeth, and the natural-looking restoration that protects the weakened tooth can last for many years. 

Visiting our dentist office as soon as possible will help relieve your pain and protect your smile from further damage. 

Call Us to Learn More About Root Canals

If you are experiencing tooth pain, don't try to tough it out. Your tooth may be infected or inflamed, and we can save it! Call our dentist office near 70601 today at (337) 474-4892 to arrange root canal treatment.

The dental practice of Drs. Scott M Hannaman & Edward J. Herbert DDS is located off Nelson Road and Country Club Road, near McNeese State University. 

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