Root Canal Myths Exposed

There are so many root canal myths floating around that make many patients avoid getting a root canal, which can lead to other dental problems. At AMG Dental Group, we want our dental patients to know the truth about root canals. The truth is root canal treatment can help save your tooth and even save you money in the long run. Following are some of the myths about root canal treatments.

Myth #1: Root Canal Treatment is Painful

One of the most common myths out there when it comes to root canals is that the treatment is painful. So many patients are terrified of root canal treatment because they have heard nothing but bad things about it, like how painful it is. Dr. Guerra wants patients to know that root canals are completely painless. What actually causes the pain is the infection in the tooth. During your root canal procedure, the area is numbed so you do not feel anything during the procedure and you can even have some sedation dentistry which will help you relax during the procedure. Patients won’t feel any pain during the procedure and can only expect minor pain following that can be treated with over the counter pain medicine. If at any moment you are feeling pain during your root canal, tell our dentist immediately so he can give you more medicine. Once you are healed from the procedure, you won’t feel any more dental pain!

Myth #2: You Only Need a Root Canal If You Have Tooth Pain

One of the most common reasons patients will need a root canal is because their tooth has died, usually due to nerve damage or an infected tooth from an untreated cavity. Many patients believe that if the tooth pain stops, your tooth is no longer savable, or you have to be in a large amount of pain to be a candidate for root canals. In order to see if a root canal is the best option for your tooth, Dr. Guerra will conduct several tests including a percussion and temperature test in addition to x-rays. These tests will let the doctor know if the tooth is dead and if it’s best to proceed with a root canal. Regardless if you are in a lot of pain or not, it’s best to make an appointment with your dentist if you feel something is wrong with your tooth.

Myth #3: Root Canal Benefits are Temporary

The benefits of root canal treatment can expect to last you a lifetime given the proper care. The treatment involves removing the infected tooth with a restoration like a well fit crown. These dental crowns protect your tooth from any further damage and usually last a lifetime with good oral health care at home and with regular visits to your dentist. Results from your root canal will be long lasting and make more sense than an extraction and restorative treatment.

Myth #4: Root Canals Cause Illnesses

This is one of the most common myths patients find online when searching for root canals. This myth was developed over a century ago due to research that was done in the 1920’s by Dr. Weston A. Price. He put out this misinformed study in order to promote extractions. There was no scientific evidence to support his claims of root canals causing illnesses. Root canals are completely safe and actually eliminate any bacteria from the infected tooth root. As a result, your oral health and overall health improve!

Myth #5: Tooth Extractions are a Better Alternative to Root Canals

It is highly unlikely that your dentist will recommend you have a tooth extracted unless it is truly a last resort. This is not the case. Although when you have a root canal, your tooth dies, we use composite fillings to fill it in and preserve it with a dental crown. Although your tooth is technically dead, it is still functional. You will chew and smile like normal. We do not advise any patients to have an extraction instead. When a tooth is extracted, there is no longer a root in your jaw, which then results in a loss of bone mass. This can only be replaced with a dental implant, which is a costly procedure and will add up to a lot more than a root canal. Unless you are on your way to having your entire jaw of teeth pulled to be fit for dentures, we recommend our patients preserve their teeth with root canals.

Myth #6: Root Canals Require Several Appointments

In most cases, a complete root canal procedure should not take more than two appointments. There are many factors that play into this. During your first appointment, Dr. Guerra will evaluate the damage to your tooth. If it is severely infected, difficult to get to, or so severe it may require a visit to a root canal specialist or endodontist, then your treatment may take two appointments. The first appointment will consist of Dr. Guerra removing the infected pulp from your tooth and then filling it with a composite filling. If it’s severe, this part may require two visits to complete. You will then be fitted with a temporary crown to wear until your permanent restoration returns from the lab. Your second appointment will consist of permanently installing the crown that will last you the rest of your life.

Stop Suffering: Schedule Your Root Canal Today

If you have heard from your dentist that you may benefit from root canal treatment, talk to us at AMG Dental Group about scheduling your root canal procedure. We will ensure you are completely comfortable throughout your entire appointment. Call us today at 561-844-6146 to schedule your appointment.