Bypassing the Myths Surrounding Root Canals is Important for Your Health

The term “root canal” is strong enough to strike fear into many hearts and souls. Much of this fear is based on myths about the procedure.

When you bypass these myths, you’ll see just why root canals are so important for the health of your teeth and your entire body.

Myth: Root Canals Are Extremely Painful

One of the biggest myths about root canals is that they are extremely painful. Pain and root canals are often associated but the connection is usually incorrect Painful teeth are more often made comfortable with a root canal. Dentists often make people feel better.

This is also one of the reasons that so many people dread the procedure. In reality, the pain level associated with a root canal is no more than that of a typical filling. Advances in sedation dentistry will further improve your comfort level, so there is nothing to fear.

Myth: It is Better to Remove the Tooth

Sure, there are times when removing a tooth is the only possible option, but it should always be the last resort. Extraction leaves an empty space in your mouth, and if you don’t fill it with an implant, bridge, or another restoration, you are asking for long-term problems. Your teeth might shift and you will likely suffer jawbone loss. It is always better to try and save your existing teeth.

Myth: Root Canals Always Fail

Root canals are a highly successful and long-lasting procedure. Most of them encounter no issues and the treated teeth can last a lifetime. There are always exceptions to that rule, though, and there are times when a root canal may need to be repeated.

The nerve root branches off into many tiny little hallways, and if one is missed, the infection may remain. A repeat root canal may be required, but again, this is rare and certainly not the norm. The key to success is being treated by competent dentists.

Do you have questions about your upcoming root canal, or do you simply want to learn more about the process? If so, please give our office a call today.

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