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Are you worried that you might need root canal therapy? You are certainly not the only one to feel this way. However, educating yourself about the procedure may help assuage many of your fears. Here are a few commonly believed myths about root canals and their accompanying facts:

Myth: Root canals are painful.

Fact: If you are experiencing pain—whether it’s a moderate to severe toothache, sensitivity and tenderness—you may need root canal therapy. Thanks to anesthetic, however, the actual procedure is not painful. You might feel some tenderness for a few days afterward, but it will be nothing that an over-the-counter pain reliever can’t solve.

Myth: If you don’t feel any pain, you don’t need a root canal.

Fact: Do you have a small bump on your gum line? It might be a fistula – a tunnel your body created to drain pus and pressure from a diseased tooth. By relieving pressure the tunnel ensures little to no pain.

Myth: A root canal means having one’s tooth’s roots or the whole tooth removed.

Fact: A root canal cleanses the diseased soft tissue and a small part of the root inside the teeth. This preserves the valuable outer bone, saving your teeth from extraction.

Are you looking to get a root canal in San Francisco, California? Call Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS at 415.682.6377. Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh and our capable staff understand the urgency of the situation. We’ll set up an appointment with you as soon as possible.