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Root Canal Myths

Myth #1:  “Root Canal Therapy Is Painful.”

Root canal therapy is intended to alleviate pain and save the tooth. If you are suffering from pain the day of your appointment, your apprehension and fear may heighten the sensations you feel. But most people report they experienced little or no pain during the appointment and felt better later.

The procedure is usually undertaken because the tooth causing pain has infected pulp, is broken or has a slowly dying nerve. The misperception that root canal therapy is painful stems from early and long-outdated treatment techniques.

Myth # 2:  “Teeth Must Hurt Before a Root Canal Is Needed.”

Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. In fact, teeth that are already dead may need root canal therapy to prevent their infection. Your dentist thoroughly examines your teeth during a regular check-up. It is usually during this appointment that the dentist discovers a tooth has died or is about to, using these tests:  temperature, percussion, pulp vitality.

Myth # 3:  “Root Canal Therapy Can Cause Illness.”

The idea that bacteria trapped inside an endodontically-treated tooth will cause heart or kidney disease or arthritis stems from research conducted almost 100 years ago by Dr. Weston Price (1910 to 1930). Recent attempts to confirm his research have been unsuccessful.

Bacteria can be found in the mouth at anytime; even on teeth free from decay and gum disease.

Myth #4:  “A Root Canal Takes Several Appointments.”

Root canal therapy is usually completed in one or two appointments. Factors that determine the time necessary include the amount of infection found, the difficulty encountered in cleaning the canal(s), and the extent of restoration needed to ensure the tooth functions properly.

Myth #5:  “Root Canal Therapy Doesn't Last Long.”

This myth originated after some patients experienced their tooth breaking months following a root canal procedure. When the nerve is removed from inside the tooth, blood supply is also eliminated from inside the tooth and the tooth eventually becomes brittle. Depending on how large the filling is used to close the tooth, the forces from grinding and eating sometimes cause the tooth to break. Failing to have a crown placed on the tooth may cause this to happen. it is not the root canal that has failed; it is the restoration on the tooth.

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  • Dr. Cohen is amazing and made my experience a breeze. He put my mind at ease and made me comfortable from start to finish. He has done two root canals on me so far and God forbid I ever need another one, he will be first on my speed dial. Thank you Dr. Cohen for being the BEST "tooth saver" EVER! Thanks, Angie Thomas
    - Angie Thomas
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    - Deb Basha
  • Dr. Cohen did an exceptional job with my root canal, i did not feel one tinge of pain during the whole procedure. During my last root canal with Dr. Kotz I felt a moderate level of pain even with the nitrous and injections. I would reccomend Dr. Cohen to my friends and family his skills are phenomenal , and he is very nice and professional.
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    - Anna
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  • Who has fun getting a root canal? I did this morning! Dr. Cohen saw me on a minute's notice from my regular dentist, diagnosed the problem and we did the first stage of the root canal all in one sitting. He uses a simple two stage injection system for the Novocaine shots. In truth the first small injections are "really" only a little prick and the followup "real" injections "really" did not hurt at all. He also used a process using a dam and "cool" sunglasses to make the procedure relaxing. I think if I had tried, I could have fallen to sleep. I'm 68 years old and have gone through a lot of pain in the dentist chair, but none with Dr. Cohen. This guy is good!!! You will be happy you chose him.
    - Tom Eddins
  • I'll make this short and sweet... I was experiencing severe pain after a simple crown procedure and was redirected to the office of Dr. Jason H. Cohen, DMD in Mount Pleasant. Professionalism and complete empathy were not only shown by his staff but also with Dr. Cohen himself. He could see instantly my anxiety about getting this procedure ( a root canal ) done and was very informative and reassuring that the pain level would be low or not at all. I felt great when I left, no pain, very short procedure. Next day, still no pain! :) So happy!
    - Lynne Carbonero
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    - Dawn Dobson
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    - Lynn Rutledge
  • I've had a number of root canals, and this was my second root canal with Dr. Cohen. In my experience, Dr. Cohen is the best endodontist I've worked with. He is very experienced and skilled, uses the latest technology, and he has a great team. He (and his team) care about patients - it shows. They tried hard to be sure I was as comfortable as possible. I'd highly recommend Dr. Cohen to anyone needing endondontic work. Dr. Cohen and his team make root canals not so bad!
    - Maxwell Steinhardt
  • Went to Dr. Cohen for root canal and Dr Cohen found my pain was coming from another tooth. His team scheduled me for surgery later that afternoon. Dr Cohen and his asst. Courtney did an excellent job caring for my tooth. I highly recommend Dr. Cohen and his team.- T S Calhoun jr.
    - Thurman Calhoun Jr
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