Frequently Asked Questions

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Do Root Canals Hurt?
According to the American Association of Endodontists, the perception of root canals being painful began decades ago when root canal treatments were painful. Today, with modern technology and better anesthetics, most patients report a pain-free experience and can expect very little post-treatment discomfort. Knowing what to expect while having a root canal can help ease a lot of anxiety.

Do Root Canals Require a Lot of Visits to the Dentist?
With today’s cutting edge technology, most root canals can be performed in one or two office visits.

Do Crowns Cause Teeth to Need Root Canals?

Many people believe that having a crown on a tooth means that the tooth will eventually need a root canal. Crowns do not cause the need for root canal therapy. If a crowned tooth does require a root canal, it is most often the accumulation of multiple previous insults that overwhelm the pulpal tissues, including deep decay, trauma, or fractures.

Do Root Canals Cause Illness?
There is no evidence to support that root canals cause illness. However, there is evidence to support the fact that people who have had root canals are no more at risk for developing illness than people who have never had root canals.

Do Root Canals Involve Removing the Roots of the Tooth?
When the endodontist performs a root canal treatment, they remove the soft tissue from inside of the tooth. The roots of the tooth are not removed.

Can Pregnant Women Have Root Canals?
Pregnant women can and do have root canals. Having a root canal does require a small x-ray, but the radiation exposure is very minimal and the x-ray is aimed at the mouth, not the abdomen area. A lead apron is also utilized over the mid-section to provide additional protection. The anesthetics used during a root canal are safe for pregnant women. Be sure to let your endodontist know beforehand if you are pregnant.

Even With A Root Canal, Will the Tooth Eventually Come Out?
If you have your tooth properly restored, maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for regular checkups, your natural tooth can last for the rest of your life.

If the Tooth Doesn’t Hurt, is a Root Canal Needed?
While a throbbing toothache usually results in the need for root canal treatment, many times a tooth can require root canal treatment when there is no pain present. Dentists and endodontists are specially trained to test a tooth to see if the pulp has been infected or damaged. If this is the case, a root canal would be necessary to save the tooth.

Is Pulling the Tooth Better Than Getting a Root Canal?
Keeping your natural teeth for as long as possible is very important for proper eating and chewing functions. There are several options available for missing teeth, such as dentures, partial dentures, dental implants and fixed dental bridges; however, these alternatives can be much more expensive than saving your tooth with a root canal treatment.

After Having a Root Canal, Is My Tooth Completely Restored?
After having a root canal, it is extremely important to make a follow-up appointment with your dentist to have the tooth permanently restored. After the pulp of the tooth has been removed, the tooth is at risk of fracturing. A permanent restoration will help protect your tooth from fracturing and prevent the root canal space from becoming contaminated with bacteria.

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As a Diplomate with the American Board of Endodontics, Dr. Budig has passed a rigorous examination process to verify his skills and knowledge and is one of only five Endodontists in the State of Kansas to earn this certification.