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Root canal therapy is often misunderstood. Because of this, many people are nervous about having this treatment performed on a tooth. To clear the air, Dr. Brett Lent and our team would like to correct some common misconceptions about root canal treatment.

Myth 1: Root Canal Therapy Is Unpleasant.
The discomfort that people think of is actually because of the infection of a tooth, not because of the actual treatment. Root canal therapy is performed to remove the discomfort of an infected tooth. The procedure itself is actually quite comfortable, as a local anesthetic is used to numb the area.

Myth 2: I Shouldn’t Get Root Canal Therapy Because the Tooth Will Need to Be Removed Anyway.
The majority of root canal treatments are actually successful, so the infected tooth will not need to be removed. Root canal therapy is performed to save the tooth from extraction.

Myth 3: Root Canal Therapy Means My Whole Tooth Is Being Removed.
The purpose of root canal treatment is to save a tooth, not extract it. Your tooth and its roots are not removed. The insides of the root canals are cleaned out and sealed to treat the infection.

Myth 4: Once I’ve had a Root Canal, I Won’t Have to go Back to the Dentist for a While
Actually, we may request that you come in for a follow-up appointment so that we can ensure that all of the infected material was removed from the tooth. Also, another appointment may be necessary so that a dental crown can be placed to support the treated tooth.

For more information and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Santa Monica, California, we invite you to contact Santa Monica Bay Dental at 310-453-8606.