At your last checkup, did your dentist say you needed a root canal? You might put off scheduling that appointment because you fear the unfamiliar and daunting procedure. Maybe you read some scary things about root canals online, and now you want to avoid one at all costs. Well, even though the internet has tons of helpful information, it’s also full of unreliable sources and dangerously inaccurate information. Luckily, we’re here to put some of those misconceptions to rest. Continue reading as we debunk common root canal myths.
Root Canal Treatment Is Painful
Most patients fear root canal treatment because they’re worried the procedure will hurt. Although this may have been the case several years ago, modern technology and anesthetics have made the treatment much more comfortable. It reportedly feels similar to getting a cavity filled! Since a root canal remedies pain caused by damaged tissues in the tooth, you can look forward to feeling relief from the severe toothache instead of additional pain.
You Only Need a Root Canal If You Have Tooth Pain
If decay goes untreated for too long, it can cause the tooth to die, and you’ll no longer feel pain. However, just because you’re not experiencing tooth pain doesn’t mean you don’t need a root canal. Treatment is still necessary to prevent the infection from spreading to the gum and jawbone. Otherwise, it can lead to tooth loss or, in more severe cases, bone loss.
Root Canals Cause Illness
When scouring the internet for information on root canals, you likely saw claims that treatment can increase your risk of illnesses. Of course, this is far from true. The myth is based on a long-debunked and poorly designed research that took place almost a century ago! To this day, there is no valid scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to disease elsewhere in the body.
Extraction Is Better Than a Root Canal
False! Preserving as much of your natural tooth as possible is always the better option. There is no adequate replacement for natural teeth, so it’s always best to consider a root canal if it’s a viable option. Additionally, root canal treatment is the most cost-effective solution compared to extraction, bridges, implants, or other replacement alternatives.
The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment Are Temporary
Actually, you can reap the benefits of root canal treatment for a very long time! It’ll relieve your toothache and preserve the affected tooth indefinitely. Plus, a good final restoration or crown can contribute to long-term, successful results. With proper at-home oral care and regular dental visits, you can ensure your restored tooth lasts a lifetime.
Now that we’ve put some root canal myths to rest, you can feel calmer and more confident when you return for your treatment. Do you have additional concerns or questions about the procedure? Your dentist can happily address them during your visit!
About the Practice
For over a century now, Generations Dental Care has helped countless patients achieve their happiest, healthiest smiles. Our highly skilled and experienced team will always go the extra mile to ensure all your oral health needs are met. If you need a root canal, we’ll make sure your treatment is as comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable as possible. To learn more, visit our website or call (603) 225-6331.