Searching for information about root canals is easy. Finding correct information, however, can be challenging. From outdated facts to unproven theories, here are five rumors and myths surrounding endodontic treatment and root canals.
Myth: Tooth Pain=Root Canal
Truth: This myth goes two ways. Some people believe that any toothache is cause for alarm and nightmares of root canals fill their heads. Toothaches can be caused by tooth decay, cracked or impacted teeth, gum disease, and even non-dental causes like sinus pressure. Root canals are only needed when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected. On the other hand, people also believe that you don’t need a root canal if you aren’t in pain. Not all infected teeth cause painful toothaches. The pain from a severe toothache, often caused by damaged tissues in the tooth, can be easily remedied when an endodontist removes the damaged tissue through root canal treatment. In addition, endodontists are experts in pain management, and most cases can be treated quickly and comfortably.
Myth: Treatment is Painful
Truth: It’s 2023. Modern technology and medicines have made root canal surgery as easy as having a cavity filled. The pain of a tooth in need of a root canal is often much greater than the discomfort of a corrective procedure. Recovery times are just a few days and any post-appointment discomfort is minimal. Root canals are common procedures with over 14 million performed every year.
Myth: Pulling a Tooth is better
Truth: Saving a natural tooth is often better than extracting it. Removing teeth without a plan to replace them can lead to malocclusion. This can affect your bite and potentially lead to more extensive treatment in the future. People may choose to have their tooth pulled because they believe the tooth will eventually crack and need to be removed anyways. If this is your concern, it is important to speak with your Endodontist for the best treatment plan for you.
Myth: It’s a Long and Involved Process
Truth: There are many factors to consider when creating a root canal treatment or retreatment plan with your Endodontist. Most root canals may be completed in one visit while some cases require two visits due to the infection and inflammation. It is best to speak to your Endodontist about any questions or concerns you have prior to treatment. Restoration of the tooth after the root canal is necessary. It is best to follow up with your general dentist after root canal treatment.
Myth: Root Canals Cause Illness
Truth: This was a rumor started by Dr. Weston Price in 1910. His researched claimed that endodontically treated teeth could leave patients susceptible to infection and illness. Dr. Price’s research has been criticized and proven to be flawed. Having a root canal does not increase your likelihood of illness or disease.
There are a lot of rumors floating around about root canals. Don’t let myths stop you from getting the treatment you need. Learn more about endodontic procedures and tooth pain from the Endodontist at Oris Dental Center.