Most people cringe when they are told that they need a root canal. The fact of the matter is that root canals have a bad reputation for really no good reason at all. You might be surprised to know that much of what you know about root canals is actually inaccurate. Here are three common myths you may have heard about root canals.
Root Canals Are Painful
Most people dread getting a root canal and put it off for a long time because they are afraid of the pain. In actuality, you will not feel any pain during the procedure due to anesthetics. While you may have some pain after the procedure, it may actually be less than it was before the infected tooth was treated. This is because the source of the pain has been removed, but the tooth is intact.
Root Canal Treatment Causes Illness
You may have heard on the internet that root canal treatment causes illness due to bacteria left behind under the tooth. The dentists making these claims are trying to discredit endodontists, discourage people from getting root canals, and encourage people to get extractions and dental implants. In actuality there is no evidence that root canals cause any type of illness.
It’s Better to Pull a Tooth
You may believe that it is better to pull a tooth than to get a root canal. The procedure to pull a tooth takes up much less time, has a quick recovery, is cheaper, and takes care of the problem permanently. However, a root canal is a great investment and can be preferable to pulling a tooth. When you pull a tooth, it leaves a gap in the mouth that can change your bite and affect your diet. It is much better to maintain your natural bite by keeping the tooth intact.
If your dentist doesn’t handle root canal procedures and you need a root canal, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.