Root Canal Myths
Root Canal Myths
So you’ve been told you need a root canal by your dentist and are now looking for every little bit of information you can find on the procedure? While there is a wealth of information on the Internet, understand that not everything is true.
We are sure you have come across information that makes a root canal seem like a painful and frightening procedure. Don’t worry these are just basic misconceptions about the treatment.
1. A root canal is not needed until the tooth starts to pain
Yes, pain due to tooth decay or infection is usually followed by a root canal. However, it isn’t necessary that there has to be tooth pain prior to the need of a root canal. There are times when the tooth no longer pains because it is completely dead. This means that it no longer functions as it should and a root canal is needed to avoid infection. So there isn’t necessarily a need for the tooth to pain as a pre-requisite for a root canal.
2. The treatment is painful
Unless you go to an inexperienced dentist, a root canal is painless. With the help of innovative techniques, dental advancements, anesthetics, and sedation, root canal has very little to no pain associated with it. There may be a bit of soreness in the gums post-procedure but that is usually from the anesthetics.
3. The treatment can lead to illness
There is famous research that was conducted almost a century ago by Dr. Weston A. Price that infamously said you can fall ill due to a root canal. Dr. Price basically used the study as a means to have patients get their teeth pulled out. However, to date, there have been no linked illnesses to the root canal and the procedure is successfully conducted globally. So you can go to your dentist free of any fear of getting an illness from the treatment.
4. A root canal is a temporary solution
We asked our friend, Dr. Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, about this myth. Dr. Green says that as long as you keep a good oral regimen post a root canal, the treatment is long-lasting. It helps preserve the tooth and treats the infected area. With the help of a crown, your infected tooth is made as good as new. You can perform any normal task with your teeth and it will be pain-free.
5. Tooth extraction is a smart alternative to root canal
Not only is extraction painful, but during the process, you can expose your bloodstream to numerous different bacteria which can cause more problems. Root canal on its own is a smarter option than having a tooth extracted as it looks to preserve as much as your natural tooth as possible. It is cost-effective when compared to bridges, implants, and so on which require further treatment and sittings also.
If you are experiencing tooth pain and want to get a checkup you can contact Greeley dentists. They can help assess your oral health and help treat any problems that you may have.