You may have been recently informed that you need a root canal to restore your tooth. Stricken with panic and concern, you begin to search the internet and are overwhelmed with a surplus of information. The internet is a great resource to retrieve valuable information. However, it is often plagued with unreliable sources and dangerously erroneous information. Root canal therapy is one of the most well-known but often misunderstood dental services.
The following are common myths and misinformation about root canals and tooth pain. The more education and knowledge you acquire about this procedure, the more calm and confident you will feel when you return to your dental office
Myth #1: You only need a root canal when you have tooth pain.
Sometimes the tooth is necrotic (dead) and will no longer cause you any pain, but will need to have a root canal in order to avoid becoming infected. There are several temperature and percussion tests that will allow the doctor to know when a tooth has died and needs to receive a root canal
Myth #2: Root canal treatment is painful.
A root canal rids the tooth of pain associated with decay that has reached an area of the tooth and consequentially caused an infection. New and improved technology, along with sedation and anesthetics, allows root canals feel similar to receiving a filling and is often is just as painless.
Myth #3: The benefits of root canal therapy are temporary.
The results of root canals are long lasting. They provide relief for patients experiencing toothaches and preserve the affected tooth. The final restoration or crown is instrumental in the results of the root canal. Along with exceptional home care and routine dental visits, this tooth will last many years.
Myth #4: Tooth extraction is a better alternative to root canals.
A root canal with a good restoration is not only cost effective, it allows you to keep your natural tooth. Bridges, implants and other replacement options usually require additional treatments, more time in the chair, and increased out of pocket costs.
If you would like more information about root canal treatment or believe that you may need one, please contact us at (301) 862-3227. Dr. Cheryl Budd, our board certified endodontist would be happy to help you maintain a healthy, happy and natural smile.