The Truth About Root Canals

Are root canals as scary as they sound? Find out what really happens when you get a root canal and how you can prevent them.

By Jaclyn Law

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There are few phrases that strike fear in our hearts the way “root canal” does. No doubt, this dental procedure has a bad reputation—but how much of what we’ve heard is true?

“Whenever I tell someone they need a root canal, their jaw hits the floor, because there are a lot of misconceptions about them,” says Dr. Chris Lee, director of the Emergency Recall Clinic at Dalhousie University’s Dentistry Faculty Practice. With his help, we’ve separated the facts from the knee-buckling fiction.

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