Lucio H. Kim DDS

The Truth About Root Canals

April 30, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Lucio Kim, D.D.S.
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The phrase "you need a root canal" is enough to send people into a cold sweat with flashbacks of the dentally iconic movie, marathon man. But nothing could be farther from the truth! Root canals have come a long way since Dustin Hoffman was forced to get one in 1976. Today they are a safe, and often necessary procedure that I use to help save and protect the teeth of my Glendale patients. 

How to Know if You Need a Root Canal

First and most importantly, root canals DO NOT have to be painful. A root canal is needed when the heart of the tooth or the nerve is irreversibly traumatized or damaged via cavity, fracture, or trauma. Signs that you may feel if you do need a root canal would be: pain, sensitivity to hot and cold things, tenderness to eating, you may notice a bump or pimple near the gums, most surprisingly, you may not have any symptoms at all. Our Glendale dentists, perform tests and x-rays to see whether or not you absolutely do need the root canal. And that is something you want to be sure of!

Modern Root Canals Don't Have to Hurt

But again, root canals do not have to hurt! The only reason why they hurt is that people often wait too long and put them off, because they are afraid they need a root canal, and they think it will hurt! It's quite dizzying logic. If you wait too long then the infection grows and the anesthetic we use at our Glendale office is not as effective. The best way to avoid a dental emergency is to seek treatment sooner rather than later. Like all things dental, treating issues early enough is the key to having a better chance of success. If you seek treatment for an infection early enough, it's possible to have a more positive experience with something that is traditionally looked upon as tortuous.

Root Canals in Glendale, CA

If you think you need a root canal, are not sure if you need a root canal or have had bad experiences in the past, give the office a call and we can take a look. Our office is currently offering virtual consultations, and we are also open for emergency treatment. We will always walk you through each step and let you know what to expect and what your options are. Sometimes a little information really does go a long way to making complex procedures less daunting.


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