Root canals get a bad reputation, making some people fearful about getting one. In this article, we’re going to go over some of the most common myths about root canals and give you facts that debunk them.
Myth #1: Root canal treatment is painful
Technology has come a long way since root canals were first performed. While root canals have been performed for decades and may have been painful at one time, endodontists now perform their procedures without the patient experiencing any pain.
Anesthetics are used to keep you comfortable while the damaged tissues are removed, most likely the pain you are experiencing from the toothache is probably more severe than what you’ll experience during a root canal
Myths #2: It causes illness and increases the risk of cancer
Recently, online myths have been cropping up that originated from flawed research from over 100 years ago. In fact, tooth and gum infections can actually cause health issues and are definitely linked to heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
Root canals remove the toxins and eliminate the infections, thus reducing risks for oral-systemic links.
Myth #3: Extraction is a better solution to tooth pain
Since keeping your natural teeth is always best, saving your teeth is always the goal. Endodontists specialize in saving teeth! While there are great replacement options available, nothing can replace a natural tooth.
Tooth replacement with a bridge or implant requires more treatment time, more expense, and may result in additional procedures to neighboring teeth and supporting tissues. And, you always want to replace a tooth if it is extracted because missing teeth can cause many other mouth problems.
Since endodontic treatment has a high success rate, your root canal can help your teeth last a lifetime!