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Feeling anxious about an impending root canal? You’re not alone. But did you know that your fears might actually be based on a myth? Here are a few common myths about root canals:

Myth: Root canals are painful.

Busted: The symptoms of a diseased and inflamed tooth often involve great pain. The actual procedure, however, is designed to eliminate that pain. Before the procedure, Dr. Elliot Einbinder will apply a powerful anesthetic; you’ll likely feel nothing at all. Afterward, you might feel some tenderness for a few days, but normal over-the-counter pain medications can easily make that go away.

Myth: I’m not feeling any pain, so I don’t need a root canal.

Busted: Do you see or feel what looks like a small pimple on your gumline? The technical term for this is a fistula, and it’s composed of a tissue tunnel that is draining pus from an infection. This tunnel also drains the pressure from inside your tooth so you don’t experience any pain. Fistulas can go away and then return at seemingly random intervals.

Myth: A root canal means I’m having my tooth’s roots or whole tooth removed.

Busted: Actually, a root canal can save your teeth from extraction. It cleans out the soft tissue and root inside your teeth, preserving the outer bone.

If you need a root canal in Pikesville, Maryland, please call Wellwood Family Dentistry immediately at 410.486.3898.