5 Common Root Canal Myths

Saturday, July 13th, 2013, 2:38 pm

The idea of getting a root canal done strikes fear into the hearts of most patients. However, this procedure is actually quite misunderstood. In fact, going to a board certified professional who makes use of up-to-date technology means you can leave your root canal appointment satisfied and with virtually no pain. Let’s take a look at some of the common misconceptions regarding root canals.

5 Common Root Canal Myths

  1. Root canals are painful. Perhaps everyone’s greatest fear regarding this procedure is the thought of pain. Patients suffering from true anxiety can take advantage of  sedation dentistry, but root canal procedures now cause little to no discomfort thanks to modern technology and techniques. Local anesthesia may be used, but as the nerve tissue in the area is dead, it is not always necessary.
  2. Root canals are time consuming. Many people like to put off the procedure with the thought that it will interfere with their schedules too much. In fact, root canals typically only take 1 or 2 appointments and are a moderately quick way of eliminating decay and pain in the affected tooth.
  3. It’s better to get the tooth removed. Although full removal may be a possibility and dental implants and bridges can replace a lost tooth, it is typically preferable to keep your original, natural tooth. Root canals are a simple way of curing and keeping a sick tooth rather than putting an artificial one in. The procedure typically relieves patients of all symptoms, and the results are permanent so long as the patient takes care of his or her oral health properly.
  4. If my tooth doesn’t hurt, I don’t need a root canal. Although tooth pain is typically what indicates the need for root canal treatment, other symptoms may be the only indicators that you get. You may not be in pain, but your affected tooth can still be sensitive to extreme temperatures, you can still get a recurring pimple on the gums, the tooth can still be discolored, and the area might still be tender and swollen. Your dentist can help you better determine if your dental pulp is infected.
  5. Root canals rip out the roots of my teeth. The only thing being removed in this procedure is the pulp (soft tissue found inside the tooth from the top of the tooth all the way down to the end of the root) of the tooth, not the roots themselves. The infected pulp is extracted and usually replaced by a new, safe material known as gutta-percha.

Root Canal Therapy in Toccoa

To learn more about root canal treatments, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to serving you.

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