Root canal or endodontic treatment is one of the most misunderstood dental procedures. Contrary to popular belief, the procedure is done to save a damaged tooth rather than removing it. According to the American Association of Endodontists,59% of Americans are afraid of getting a root canal. This fear is based on myths and misconceptions. Here are the top three myths you have probably heard.
Root Canal Hurts
The biggest misconception is that root canals are painful. Thanks to modern technology and anesthetics, there is very little pain (if any) during the treatment. Any discomfort felt after the procedure is quickly dealt with through pain medications. Patients who have undergone the process at Dental Ben's report feeling no pain at all. Here a testimony.
I came into Dental Ben's after several days of dental pain. I called the office, and they were able to get me in within an hour. Unfortunately, I needed a root canal, which Dr. Cooperman performed during that visit. The procedure itself was relatively painless (due to an outstanding LA block), and he was very thorough. - Effula Harness
Root Canal Treatment Causes Illnesses
You may have come across some information claiming that having an endodontic treatment increases the chances of falling ill. There is no medical evidence to suggest that endodontic therapy causes health complications. This myth is based on long-debunked research conducted back in the 1920s when the cause of many illnesses was still unknown. Today, the treatment is routine and safe. It is more likely that failing to get the treatment will lead to an infection and an illness.
Pulling a Tooth is Better Than Root Canal
A damaged tooth can be very painful. Usually, patients have two options -either have the damaged tooth extracted or get an endodontic treatment. While both options will eliminate the pain, endodontic treatment is the better option for various reasons. For one, replacing the removed tooth with an implant or bridge requires more time and additional procedures. Secondly, treatment has an impressive success rate. However, it is worth mentioning that tooth extraction may be recommended if the damage is beyond the gum line.
Schedule an Appointment
We hope this article sets the records straight on what is real and what is a myth. We understand that these misconceptions may cause some patients a lot of distress. Hopefully, this information puts your mind at ease. Don't suffer in silence; schedule an appointment with Dr. Ben at Dental Ben's.