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June 12, 2015
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The term “root canal” does not exactly inject thoughts of happiness and fun into the minds of those who hear it. Thoughts of drilling and pain are more likely to come up in a person’s head. Most people's perception is that a root canal procedure is painful, but in reality if the procedure is performed properly and there is no infection, there should be very little discomfort. In this blog, we'll take a look at a few myths associated with a root canal.

Myth 1 – They Hurt!

It's not the procedure that hurts, it's the infection. A root canal must be performed when a tooth is decayed and infected. The tooth's pulp and nerve are removed because it's damaged, leading to a host of painful situations, such as a severe toothache, swelling and tenderness of the gums, or discoloration of a tooth. If it's not removed, bacteria in the infected area can cause an abscessed tooth, which is a very painful infection. It’s critical to have the tooth treated immediately before this abscess forms to help limit the pain.

Myth 2 – OK, Then the Procedure Hurts!

Again, it's not really the procedure that is painful, so don’t let that thought keep you from seeing your dentist. It's usually reported that if done properly, a root canal procedure is on the same level of discomfort as having a filling put in place.  Modern medicine helps to make the process as comfortable as possible. That being said, after the procedure is complete, the tooth may be a little sensitive as it heals.

Myth 3 – Fine, Then It's Too Expensive!

Many insurance companies help to cover the root canal procedure, but overall, the cost is attributed to the severity of the infection, as well as which tooth needs to be worked on. That being said, what's even more expensive is waiting too long to get a root canal done. Preventative maintenance is always the most cost effective option, and waiting too long can lead to other, more expensive, procedures.

Root canals should not be feared, but instead, you should consider what can happen if it's not taken care of. If you need a root canal done, do not wait; you can schedule a free consultation with Dr. John, the root canal expert at Franklin Dental. Remember, scheduling sooner than later will save you time, money, and pain.


Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)


He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.


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