Debunking Root Canal Myths

Pleasant Plains NC General DentistIt is quite unfortunate that root canals have gotten such a bad reputation. This is largely due to the fact that there are a number of myths that surround a root canal procedure. The truth is, when performed by a skilled dentist, root canals are incredibly effective procedures that can save your smile and your overall health. A root canal is used to restore heavily damaged teeth and stop the spread of infection through the body.

#1 Myth: Root canals are painful.

This is the biggest misconception about root canal therapy and it is what causes many patients to experience unnecessary anxiety or fear before their procedure. Root canals are performed with the use of sedation dentistry, and they are no more painful than getting a dental filling. In fact, root canals are designed to eliminate the pain caused by inflammation or a dental infection.

#2 Myth: Root canals don’t work.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. A proper root canal that is restored with a crown can last a lifetime. Many people incorrectly assume that if their crown restoration becomes damaged or loose, that the root canal has failed. The root canal itself will successfully eliminate harmful bacteria from the pulp chamber of the tooth and the site is sealed off for future protection.

#3 Myth: Teeth need to hurt before a root canal is suggested

Although many patients are in significant pain from a tooth infection at the time they undergo root canal therapy, this is not the case for everyone. Your teeth don’t necessarily need to hurt before a root canal. Some patients have a dead tooth that is found during a routine exam, which may need a root canal to prevent the tooth from becoming infected.

#4 Myth: Tooth extraction is a favorable alternative

Saving your natural teeth is always the best possible option. While it may seem like you are saving money by getting an extraction instead of a root canal, the added cost of tooth replacement can quickly tip the scale. In addition, artificial teeth are can never be as good as your natural tooth.

To learn more about painless root canals from Pleasant Plains Dental, please give us a call!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Henry J. Ernst, Pleasant Plains Dental