Let’s face it; the term “root canal” doesn’t sit well with most people. However, there are several misconceptions about root canals and understanding the truth can help patients make a more informed decision about their dental health. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. In fact, they relieve your pain. Here are some common root canal myths debunked, so that you can feel more comfortable if your dentist recommends the procedure:
Myth 1: Root Canals Are Painful
With today’s advanced technology and improved anesthetics, there is simply no reason why your root canal procedure should be painful. Root canal therapy is designed to save your infected tooth and bring you out of pain. Patients who choose root canals finally gain relief and can resume normal activities quickly.
Myth 2: If I Don’t Have Pain, I Don’t Need A Root Canal
While the majority of patients are in pain when they need a root canal, it is not true for everyone. If you have a tooth that has been decayed for a long time, it may stop causing pain. This does not mean you are exempt from treatment, as even completely decayed teeth are at high risk for infection. Getting a root canal is the only way to rescue your tooth and prevent further damage and infection.
Myth 3: A Tooth Extraction Is A Better Option
If you think that removing the infected tooth is the easiest and preferred option over a root canal, you are mistaken. Saving your natural tooth is not only better for your oral health, but it can save you from future problems. A missing tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift and become crooked, which is hard to keep clean. You will eventually be faced with tooth replacement options such as dental implants or dentures, which can be much more expensive and time-consuming than a simple root canal.
Clearing the air when it comes to root canals involves putting to rest any thought about a root canal being painful, intimidating or just not worth it. Gainesville Dental Group is proud to educate patients on the importance of saving an infected tooth and how a pain-free root canal can be your best solution to a comfortable, healthy smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Vetter, Gainesville Dental Group