Separating Fact from Fiction about Root Canals

Has your dentist suggested that you have a root canal to treat a diseased tooth?

If so, it is important that you know the facts about this procedure. There are a lot of myths out there about root canals, and it is crucial that you know how to separate fact from fiction.

Myth: A Root Canal is Extremely Painful

Many people are under the impression that root canal therapy is extremely painful, but most people that have gone through it will tell you that they felt no more discomfort than having a cavity filled. You will have anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure, and ultimately, having a root canal will make you feel better.

Myth: A Root Canal Will Kill Your Tooth

Root canals don’t kill an infected tooth. Instead, they save the tooth by removing the diseased pulp found deep within it. The root is then filed with gutta-percha and sealed off from bacteria, essentially saving the tooth.

Myth: You’re Better Off Pulling the Tooth Than Getting a Root Canal

Retaining your original tooth is always the better option than pulling a tooth. Some people believe that because an extraction is cheaper than a root canal, that is the route they should go, but you need to consider the long-term costs.

When you extract the tooth, you’ll need to spend money on a restoration in order to prevent problems like jawbone loss, which could also be expensive.

Myth: If Your Tooth Doesn’t Hurt, You Don’t Need a Root Canal

Pain isn’t always present in a tooth that needs a root canal. If the nerve of your tooth dies, you may no longer feel pain, but that doesn’t mean that you can ignore the problem.

Contact our office today to learn more about root canals and whether you need one.

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