Have you been told you need a root canal to remove infection and save your tooth? You probably think you’re in for a painful experience. The truth is, there are many myths out there regarding the root canal procedure. It’s considered the most feared procedure within the annals of the dental industry, and the name itself continues to invoke a sense of dread amongst patients across the world. Should you be scared of a root canal? To help you find out whether it is reasonable for you to fear this dental procedure, let us weed out fact from fiction.
Fact: Your Tooth Hurts!
The purpose for receiving root canal therapy is simple; if the pulpitis or pulp of a tooth becomes infected, the exposed nerves will typically begin to ache and become extremely sensitive to the touch. This generally occurs due to an exposed root or cracked/damaged tooth and will undoubtedly worsen as time goes on. Therefore, to alleviate this pain, you require root canal therapy!
Fiction: Root Canals are the Most Painful Dental Procedure
In the past, this may have been true, but recent dental advancements and the development of better anesthesia have made root canals no more painful than simple dental procedures like having a tooth filled. The pain that people fear from this procedure is often brought about because pain is already there. One reason for the root canal is actually to help get rid of the pain.
Fact: Root Canals are not Designed to “Kill” a Healthy Tooth
A healthy tooth is neither ‘alive’ nor ‘dead’ as it is not a being in and of itself. Root canals are not designed to kill an infected tooth but rather to save it by removing diseased pulp inside your tooth and the bacteria found within it. A tooth that has a root canal does not need the pulp tissue to keep healthy. The tissue surrounding the tooth is usually more than enough to keep your tooth healthy and nourished.
Fiction: A Root Canal is a Temporary Solution
This is a common misconception that is perhaps the byproduct of those whose treatment hasn’t gone as well as expected. While there have been instances of a tooth breaking shortly after it has been restored, such mishaps are not typical and usually only occur when a tooth is very brittle, to begin with. Fortunately, thanks to numerous advancements in dental technology, endodontic root canal therapy is generally considered a permanent solution, with a much higher success rate than ever before!
Fact: We Will Make Sure You’re Comfortable
Like we mentioned earlier, before we start your root canal procedure, we numb the area around the tooth. Need more anesthesia during the treatment? Let us know, and we’ll give you a boost of anesthesia. Are you someone who is generally just anxious about visiting the dentist? Tell our team beforehand so we can have sedation options such as laughing gas ready for your procedure.
If you think you need a root canal, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cox today. We will make sure that you understand that there are many myths out there that make getting a root canal scary. But, don’t worry! It isn’t. We will put all your fears at ease.