Dr. Harry Malhotra Answers Kern Dental Specialties’ December Patient Question of the Month, “Why do Root Canal Procedures have a Bad Reputation”

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In response to recent patient questions and misconceptions surrounding the reality of root canal procedures, the Los Angeles area endodontist explains that much of the notoriety surrounding the procedure is due to its far-too-regular implementation by untrained dentists.

Dental professionals in the Bakersfield area often turn to Kern Dental Specialties when they themselves need endodontic care.

Dr. Malhotra reiterates that significant discomfort is by no means a necessary part of the procedure. Indeed patients are often pleasantly surprised by procedures that are no more uncomfortable than having a simple cavity filled.

As an endodontist, a dentist specializing in the treatment of dental pulp and roots, Dr. Harry Malhotra spends a great deal of his clinical time performing root canal procedures for patients with damaged nerves or pulp. He explains that, after the procedure is complete, a large number of his patients ask him why their experience was so different than the stories that often portray root canals as an incredibly uncomfortable procedure. He notes that, in regular day-to-day communication, it is not uncommon for someone to use the term root canal metaphorically to express something unpleasant. Dr. Malhotra explains that the reason why “I’d rather have a root canal…” has become such a popular turn of phrase is that, when performed by an underqualified dentist, there is in fact the opportunity for pain. Yet, he reiterates that significant discomfort is by no means a necessary part of the procedure. Indeed patients are often pleasantly surprised by procedures that are no more uncomfortable than having a simple cavity filled.

Dr. Malhotra explains that a large part of the positive reputation that he has built for himself and his practice is due to the fact that he is able to perform root canals in a manner that minimizes any discomfort. He says that dentists must not be intimidated by a difficult-to-numb tooth, and no dentist should ever cut corners if it could possibly lead to pain. In fact, Dr. Malhotra explains that the methods he employs at Kern Dental Specialties are so effective that the office serves as to go-to destination when other area dentists need endodontic care.

He explains that dentists, even if they are not endodontic experts, are knowledgeable enough about dental health to know that endodontic treatments are best entrusted to a specialist. While it is true that general dentists do perform root canals, and the majority of them are qualified to do so, root canals may not be a daily or even weekly part of their dental practice. Because the procedure is a primary focus of Dr. Malhotra’s work, he explains that he is constantly honing his techniques, while also keeping an eye on advances in tools and techniques surrounding endodontic treatments.

Dr. Malhotra notes that it is unfortunate that a procedure that helps countless patients escape the burden of truly severe dental pain caused by toothaches has such a negative reputation that may prevent patients from pursuing care. Dr. Malhotra explains that the best thing that he can do to combat this stigma against root canals is to continue performing them at an extremely high level of success. For more information about the success that patients of Kern Dental Specialties have experienced, or to schedule an appointment today, call the Bakersfield dental office at 661-324-7668 or visit the office's website at http://www.KernEndo.com.

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