You may have heard horror stories about root canals that have made you hesitant to seek treatment if you’re experiencing tooth pain. However, the truth is that root canal therapy is a safe and common dental procedure that many people undergo each year. In this blog post, we will dispel some of the myths surrounding root canals and explain what to expect during your treatment.
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that is used to treat an infected tooth. The infection can be caused by bacteria or a deep cavity. During the procedure, the dentist will clean out the infected tissue and seal the tooth. Root canal therapy is usually successful in treating an infected tooth and saving it from extraction. There are seven myths about root canals that we will address in this blog post:
Many people believe that root canals are painful. However, this is not the case. The procedure is actually quite comfortable and you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area before your treatment begins.
Root Canal Therapy Makes You Sick:
There is a common misconception that root canal therapy can make you sick. However, this is not true. Root canal therapy actually helps to save your tooth from infection and keeps you from experiencing further pain.
Root Canal Therapy Removes the Tooth Roots:
Another myth about root canals is that the procedure involves removing the tooth roots. However, this is not the case. The roots of your tooth are not removed during root canal therapy, only the inside of your pulp chamber and root canals.
I Don’t Need a Root Canal Because I Feel No Pain:
Many people believe that they do not need a root canal because they are not experiencing any pain. However, this is not always the case. An infection can develop without causing any pain, especially in the early stages. It is important to see your dentist if you are experiencing any suspicious symptoms.
Teeth Usually Need to Be Extracted After a Root Canal:
There is a common belief that teeth usually need to be extracted after a root canal. However, this is not true. In most cases, the tooth can be saved with root canal therapy. While a small number of teeth do need to be extracted after a root canal, most teeth can be successfully saved using root canal treatment.
There is No Sensation in the Affected Tooth After a Root Canal:
Some people believe that there is no sensation in the tooth after a root canal. However, this is not true. The tooth may be slightly sensitive after the procedure, but this will usually go away within a few days. This is because there are still nerves in the ligaments and tissues around the tooth roots.
I Don’t Need to Visit the Dentist After Having a Root Canal:
Many people believe that they do not need to visit the dentist after having a root canal. However, this is not true. It is important to see your dentist for follow-up appointments to ensure that the infection has been completely cleared and that your tooth is healing properly.
We hope that this blog post has helped to dispel some of the myths surrounding root canals. If you are experiencing tooth pain or any other suspicious symptoms, it is important to see your dentist for an evaluation. Root canal therapy is a safe and effective treatment that can save your tooth from extraction.
Dr. Gerald Sisko graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1987. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Akron Dental Society where he is currently holding a council position. He has had the honor and distinction of being awarded “TOP DENTIST” in Akron and Cleveland as well as Northeast Ohio for the last several consecutive years.