The Truth Behind These Five Common Root Canal Myths
Root canal therapy is the most common treatment for infected teeth. During this procedure, your dentist will remove bacteria and infected tissue from your tooth before placing a dental crown. However, endodontic treatment is often misunderstood.
Read on to discover the truth behind five common root canal myths. At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, Drs. Scott Parr and Tina Frey can also answer any questions and help set your mind at ease if you are preparing for this procedure.
#1 Myth: Root Canals Are Extremely Painful
Root canals have a reputation for being among the most unpleasant dental experiences. In reality, a study published in the International Endodontic Journal reported that 54% of patients experienced no pain during their treatment. Furthermore, when patients did experience discomfort, the average level was 1.2 on a scale of 0 to 10.
#2 Myth: Root Canals Require Many Visits to the Dentist
In many instances, we can complete root canal therapy in a single appointment. Thanks to our CEREC technology, we can fabricate a custom-made crown in our office on the same day you come in for your root canal procedure. After cleaning your tooth, your dentist can immediately fabricate and place your dental crown.
Even if you are not a candidate for a same-day crown, we can typically complete your treatment in just two visits.
#3 Myth: Root Canals Cause Cancer
An Internet search might tell you that root canal therapy dramatically raises your risk for cancer, but dental professionals assure us that this is blatantly untrue. According to the American Academy of Endodontists, “Claims that root canals are not safe are based on research that’s nearly 100 years old and has long been debunked.” Furthermore, they cite a 2013 study demonstrating that patients who received multiple root canals were 45% less likely to develop cancer.
#4 Myth: Rather Than a Root Canal, I Might As Well Have My Tooth Extracted
It is always better to save your natural tooth whenever possible. When you lose a tooth, it can have a serious impact on your overall oral health, leading to bone recession and additional missing teeth. Plus, after extraction, you will need subsequent restorative care to replace your lost tooth. Often, these restorations, particularly dental bridges, will affect your nearby teeth.
Root canal therapy has a very high success rate and may prevent you from needing additional dental treatment for many years.
#5 Myth: Following a Root Canal, I Will Not Have Any Feeling in My Tooth
After endodontic care, your tooth roots and nerves will remain intact, so you will still have feeling in your tooth. On the other hand, with the infected pulp removed, your tooth may be less sensitive to heat and cold. Furthermore, once initial sensitivity has subsided, you will be able to bite down and eat comfortably.
Learn More about the Truth Behind Root Canal Myths
Learning the truth behind these and other myths can reassure you regarding the safety and effectiveness of endodontic treatment. Contact The Smile Center today for more information or to schedule an appointment. You can reach us online or call our Virginia Beach practice at (757) 473-8482.