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Why Root Canals Get a Bad Rap

March 16, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Matthew Wenzel
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At Webster Groves Dental, we think root canals get a bad rap because of the name. No one wants to think about someone going to the “root” of their tooth, and the word “canal” makes most of us think of something deep and invasive.

Don’t worry; root canals are not particularly painful. A root canal can be your best friend, in fact, when you have a monster toothache, and it may be the only thing to tame this aching lion that has taken over your mouth and destroyed your sleep.

In reality, it’s an infected nerve, and this nerve and infection will be taken care of through root canal therapy.

Root canals in Webster Groves begin with clearing away the damaged tooth structure, just a little farther down than a traditional filling. You’ll be numb during this treatment, and if you’ve had a toothache for any length of time, you will welcome numb!

Sometimes, following root canal therapy, our dentist will recommend a crown instead of a filling. If the damage was too extensive from the infection, a filling will not sustain the tooth.


Nerve infections and deep cavities happen for any number of reasons—a cracked tooth or skipping dental cleanings, for example.

Preventative measures that may lower your risk of emergency toothaches or infections that may require root canal therapy include:

  • A good oral hygiene routine at home
  • Never skipping dental exams
  • Regular teeth cleanings

Gentle Root Canal Therapy in Webster Groves

At Webster Groves Dental, we’re determined to change the conversation when it comes to tooth-saving root canal therapy. In our Webster Groves dental office, we gently but expertly save teeth with this treatment all the time!

If you have a toothache or think you may need a root canal, contact Webster Groves Dental today.

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