Ask A Dentist! Dispelling Root Canal Rumors

Ask A Dentist! Dispelling Root Canal Rumors


Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to celebrate. The tenth anniversary celebration of Root Canal Awareness Week is happening March 27 – April 2, 2016.

As you may have suspected, the point of Root Canal Awareness Week is not to inspire parades, parties and present-giving.  It is instead an effort by The American Association of Endodontists –dentists who specialize in saving sick teeth – to let the general public know that root canal treatment should not be feared.

So in the spirit of the holiday, and with the hope of dispelling some of the anxiety about this particular dental treatment, we’ve devoted this installment of “Ask A Dentist” to questions about root canals.

The dentist we choose to quiz this month is Dr Hitsh Shroff. Dr. Shroff’s practice, Optum Dental Care, is based in Plantation, Florida. He has been helping people to keep their smiles healthy and strong since 1992. Dr. Shoff has earned a Master’s Degree in Implant Dentistry and is a Diplomate with the International Dental Implant Association. He specializes in general dentistry, dental implants, denture repair, cosmetic dentistry and root canals.


Dr. Shroff, how much pain can I expect to have when I have a root canal?

If you have the root canal done promptly before any infection sets in, there should be no pain during the procedure. And if an infection is present, medication will be given to calm the tooth down before the procedure is performed.

Is a patient typically awake during a root canal? Do you typically use local anesthetic or general sedation?

Yes, during the root canal procedure the patient is awake. Topical anesthetic is used with a needle to make the process of numbing less painful. If the patient is very apprehensive, then we might use a specialized kind of anesthetic which is called a “buffered anesthetic.” This is also used with a needle but is painless, very potent and lasts for longer period of time than the typical topical anesthetic. This is something we might use when working with infected teeth.

Is it true that bacteria can grow within the root canal and that it can affect someone’s overall health? Basically, bacteria from a root canal can result in Bacteremia – that is bacteria circulating in the blood stream. This typically may cause a slight fever or a feeling of weakness. But patients who have a artificial heart valves, knee replacements, or hip replacements will have to be pre-medicated (with an antibiotic) for a root canal procedure.             

 There are a lot of rumors on the internet about root canals. For example, that a root canal can cause cancer. Is that possible?

No, that is not true.

Dr Hitsh Shroff specializes in all phases of dentistry at Optum Dental Care. He and his staff believe that “when we seek to discover and provide the best treatment for our patients, it brings out the best in ourselves.” They also believe everybody should receive quality dental care at affordable rates. To learn more about Dr. Shroff and Optum Dental Care, please visit

 Planning to visit Dr. Shroff? Then we have a special offer for you! Take 15% off plus get a free month on any dental savings plan accepted by Dr. Shroff’s office. Just visit and enter code “Shroff.”



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