Root Canal Treatment Myth-Busting
We understand that dental work in general makes many patients feel anxious. And we also realize that there is special mythology surrounding root canal treatments. We work with our patients to help them overcome their nerves. And there is no better antidote to anxiety than accurate information and transparency.
Why Are Root Canals Necessary?
A one-way road to root canal treatment is an untreated cavity. They are to be avoided because they lead to tooth decay. When tooth decay goes untreated it can create a slew of painful and costly issues. And if you haven’t been visiting your dentist regularly for hygiene appointments, these issues can run amuck. The main goal of a root canal is to save a tooth from these issues.
A root canal becomes necessary when decay has created infection and inflammation of the tooth’s root and pulp. This endodontic treatment prevents the infection from spreading and causing major health complications. And it also addresses the uncomfortable symptoms of swelling and toothache. You can learn more about the procedure here:
We are fully aware that many myths are making the rounds about root canals, especially on the internet. Let’s get to slaying those myths!
Myth #1: Root Canals Cause Cancer
There are plenty of unsubstantiated claims circulating on the internet and in some fringe documentaries about root canal treatments, and this is one of them. These particular stories originate from century-old speculation that was debunked around the same time.
And the lingering misconception that root canal treatments leave an opening in the tooth is false. Once the infected parts of the tooth are treated, the area is completely sealed using a crown or a similar sealant.
Modern endodontics plays a crucial role in promoting optimal oral hygiene when general dentistry won’t suffice. No credible, scientific evidence has been gathered to suggest otherwise. More importantly, there is plenty of evidence that root canal treatments play an important role in disease prevention.
Myth #2: Root Canals Are Very Painful
Here at Boisson Family Dentist Grande Prairie, we take the time to discuss any concerns our patients have about pain and make a plan to tackle it accordingly during and after procedures.
Practically speaking, root canals are no more uncomfortable than regular fillings. Your family dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. Keep in mind that there is nothing more painful than enduring several completely unavoidable procedures because an infected tooth was left to fester!
Myth #3: Losing a Tooth is Better Than a Root Canal
Success rates for endodontic treatments are very high. And the benefits of a root canal treatment can last for decades, if not an entire lifetime. The primary goal at Boisson Family Dentist Grande Prairie is to preserve our patient’s natural teeth whenever possible.
Certainly, the function, feel, and appearance of natural teeth cannot be exacted. While modern dentistry comes close, its greatest feat is the ability to save natural teeth with procedures like root canals. The infection within is removed and a crown is used to restore the original tooth to its former grandeur.
Root Canal Treatment Myths Busted
So, to recap: Root canals do not cause cancer or more discomfort than a filling. And it is better to save a tooth with root canal treatment than to lose the tooth altogether. These are the top three myths surrounding root canal treatment, but there are certainly others out there.
When in doubt, it is best to communicate with your dentist directly about any procedure concerns you may have. Here at Boisson Grande Prairie Dentist, we go the extra mile to make our patients feel comfortable with their treatment options. Don’t settle for anything less!
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