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The Root of the Problem: The Not-So-Scary Reality of Root Canals

Few phrases strike such immediate fear in the hearts of those who hear it as the phrase "root canal." But while many people may not know exactly what a root canal is, they know enough to know they don’t want one. In honor of Root Canal Awareness Week (which runs March 30- April 5) we asked Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, Texas to tell us exactly what a root canal is- and let us know if it’s really as scary as it sounds!

So, what is a root canal? A root canal is a procedure done to repair a damaged or infected tooth.  It is sometimes performed by a dentist, but it is most frequently performed by a dental specialist called an endodontist, whose sole focus is on preserving natural teeth by replacing the soft tissue or ‘pulp’ of the inner tooth. The name endodontist comes from the Greek words "endo," which means inside, and "odont" which means tooth.

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Treating TMJ

When I treat a patient with TMJ, it is always such a great experience to see them getting around without the chronic pain or pain medications they have been living with for a long time. Most TMJ patients live with the pain longer than most would expect. Then, after they finally get treatment from me or another neuromuscular dentist, they all say, "What took me so long?" Good question.

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TMJ symptoms

When I treat a patient with TMJ, it is always such a great experience to see them getting around without the chronic pain or pain medications they have been living with for a long time. Most TMJ patients live with the pain longer than most would expect. Then, after they finally get treatment from me or another neuromuscular dentist, they all say, "What took me so long?" Good question.

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