Root Canal Myths and The Real Truth

Root canal treatment necessary has been growing increasingly in the last few years. Although root canal treatment helps restore the health of a tooth, many people have adopted a preconception that root canals will cause them more pain or will worsen their case.

Due to these misconceptions, people avoid seeking help for their teeth problems and seek it already when they are in extreme pain and discomfort.

The American Association of Endodontists has found a few myths that people tend to believe about root canal treatments. Based on these misconceptions, many people avoid visiting the dentist or resist the idea of getting a root canal because they have already formed a negative thought about it in their minds.

By doing so, the person jeopardizes their oral health care due to inaccurate information.

We will list a few myths and the actual truth that follows that myth below:

Root Canal Myths

Myth #1:A root canal is painful”.

No, it is not! It actually relieves the pain. This is one of the most common misconceptions in modern dentistry. Did you know that a person who has actually undergone a root canal treatment is six times less likely to describe it as being painful than would someone who has never had a root canal?

A root canal is performed when there is tooth decay or a diseased tissue present in a person’s mouth. By performing a root canal, this will remove the diseased tissue or tooth decay that will eliminate the pain that is coming from the infection.

Did you know that a person who has undergone a root canal treatment is six times less likely to describe it as being painful than would someone who has never had a root canal?

A root canal is performed when there is tooth decay or a diseased tissue present in a person’s mouth. By performing a root canal, this will remove the diseased tissue or tooth decay that will eliminate the pain that is coming from the infection.


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Myth #2:I will get worse after the root canal is performed”.

This was an idea that was brought up by Dr. Weston Price almost 100 years ago. He used a sub-standard form of research that was highly criticized by many.

The truth is that there is no scientific evidence that proves that. By contrast, it was found that performing a root canal treatments truly limit the number of bacteria that enters a person’s bloodstream than would a tooth extraction.

Did you know that recent studies found that 45% of people who had to have various root canal treatments are less likely to acquire cancer than those who have not? What does that tell you?

Myth #3: “The better option versus a root canal is having my tooth extracted”.

Extracting a tooth should be done when the tooth cannot be saved because there will never be something that will fully replace the function of a nature tooth. Whatever replacement a person gets, there may be certain foods that they would not be permitted to eat with that replacement.

Also, jaw bone resorption can happen when a person has missing teeth. The truth is that if there is a possibility to save the tooth, then that is the better option. With a root canal procedure, the need to perform further treatments and the high costs associated with them are avoided.

When possible, we always try for our patients to conserve their natural teeth because that will be better for their overall health. We review all options that can be done in your case and are determined to provide you with a better overall oral health.

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