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Do you think you might need a root canal? Symptoms include a severe toothache, sensitivity, tenderness, discoloration, or a small bump near one of your teeth. If you’re feeling anxious or skeptical about this procedure, you’re not alone. However, know that your fears might actually be based on a myth. Here are some myth busters:

Myth: Root canals are painful.

Busted: This myth is perpetuated by the “questionable cause” fallacy of mixing cause and effect. The cause of a root canal is that the soft tissue inside your tooth has become diseased or inflamed. This can be very painful. The actual procedure, however, is designed to eliminate that pain. Before the procedure, Dr. Teresa Eplett will apply a powerful anesthetic to numb your tooth area. After the surgery, you’ll likely 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 bump on your gumline? The technical term for this bump or pimple is a fistula. It’s made of built up tissue that is draining pus from an infection, which keeps pressure from building inside the tissue of your tooth, thereby eliminating pain. Fistulas can disappear and reappear at seemingly random intervals. If you see a fistula on your gums, please call ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. immediately at 541-772-8280.

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

Busted: On the contrary, root canals save your teeth. It cleans out and shapes the soft tissue and a small part of the root inside your teeth–not the tooth itself.

If you need a root canal in Medford, Oregon, please call us immediately.