Myths about Root Canals

Just the mention of the words “root canal” make a lot of people anxious, especially those unfamiliar with the procedure. The truth is there are a lot of  common misconceptions that endodontic treatments such as root canals, cause pain and/or illness and should be avoided. The exact opposite is true. The pain, inconvenience and cost of avoiding endodontic treatment in favor of tooth extraction or a wait-and-see approach can be easily avoided. The longer you postpone treatment the more you risk the chance to save your tooth.  Below are two videos from the American Association of Endodontists that will help dispel myths about modern root canals, help calm your anxiety and hopefully save your teeth!

Is Root canal treatment is painful?

Years and years ago that may have been the case, but with modern technology and anesthetics you won’t experience any more pain than if you were to have a cavity filled. The pain from a severe toothache, often caused by damaged tissues in the tooth, can be easily fixed when an our staff removes the damaged tissue through root canal treatment. In addition, our staff are experts in pain management, and most cases can be treated quickly and comfortably.

Can root canal treatment causes illness.

Information you may find on the Internet or elsewhere, claiming that if you receive a root canal treatment you’re more likely to become ill or contract a disease in the future simply isn’t true. This false claim was based on long disproven and poorly designed research conducted nearly a century ago, long before modern medicine understood the causes of many diseases. There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to disease elsewhere in the body.

Is it better to pull a tooth than have root canal treatment?

Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is always the best option. Nothing artificial can replace the look or function of a natural tooth so it’s important to always consider root canal treatment and save your natural tooth as an option. Endodontic treatment has an extremely high success rate and many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. Moreover, replacing an extracted tooth with a bridge or implant requires more treatments and can result in more procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissue.