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When you think of the dental treatment you would most like to avoid, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Did you think of root canal therapy? If so, you are not alone. But there are a number of misconceptions about this treatment.

For example, have you heard that root canal therapy is extremely painful? If so, we have good news for you: most patients who have had root canal therapy claim it’s comparable to having a cavity filled. You may have also heard that having the afflicted tooth removed is a better option than having this treatment. However, saving your natural tooth is generally considered a better option than having the tooth removed.

Another common misconception is that you don’t need to visit our team if you aren’t experiencing pain or discomfort. In reality, pain and discomfort are common symptoms that could indicate the need for root canal therapy, but there are other issues you should know about. For example, discolored or swollen gums could also be symptoms of a damaged root canal. You should also know that you could have a damaged root canal and not have any of these painful symptoms. This is another reason we recommend scheduling appointments with us once every six months.

If you’d like to learn more about the care you can receive from our team, or have more questions about dealing with a damaged root canal in Bolingbrook, Franklin Park, Joliet, Naperville, Plainfield, Riverside, and Wheaton, Illinois, we invite you to give Shining Smiles LLC a call at 630-972-4010. Our dentist, Dr. Milad , and our team are excited to meet with you and help you have comfortable smile-saving experiences!