Why Root Canals Are Nothing to Fear
There are many myths and rumors regarding root canals, and because of these myths, root canals have a bad reputation. What’s even worse is that some people may avoid necessary dental care because of misinformation.
At Caspian Dental Center, we want to shed light on this topic and highlight the benefits of a root canal. Dr. Alieh Rastegari and our experienced team know that a root canal can save your natural tooth when other dental treatments won’t.
Don’t let fear of a root canal keep you from getting the care you need. Today, we’re here to debunk the myths and highlight why root canals are nothing to fear.
Root canals relieve pain
The most common myth about root canals, and a major reason why people fear them, is that the procedure is extremely painful. In reality, root canals are meant to alleviate the pain associated with an infection or abscess. Infections and abscesses can cause severe toothaches, throbbing facial pain, and tooth sensitivity.
During a root canal, the infected tooth pulp and any decayed material is removed. Once the decayed and infected material is removed, the pain should subside. In this way, a root canal helps relieve pain, not cause more pain.
But what about the procedure itself? According to the American Association of Endodontists, a root canal shouldn’t be more painful than a typical cavity filling.
Root canals don’t cause other diseases
One of the most serious accusations against root canals is that a root canal can cause other diseases. The American Association of Endodontists clarifies this rumor, stating that there is no current research indicating that root canals cause diseases or illnesses. In fact, the “research” originally linked to this rumor has also been debunked.
Bottom line: root canals won’t cause other illnesses. In fact, getting a root canal can help reduce complications from untreated oral infections.
Root canals save your natural tooth
Sometimes it’s not possible to save a natural tooth, and that’s okay. In those cases, you’ll have plenty of options to restore your tooth, including bridges, dentures, and implants. However, if you can save your natural tooth, you’ll experience several benefits, including:
- No bone atrophy
- No need to replace the missing tooth
- Retained function of your mouth
A root canal spares your natural tooth from an extraction. This means that you can keep your tooth without needing to replace it. A crown will protect the tooth and help strengthen it.
Don’t let the rumors keep you from the dental care you deserve
If you’re experiencing the signs of an infection or abscess, don’t delay getting the care you need. At Caspian Dental Center, we pride ourselves on compassion and expert care, whether you’re getting a root canal, an extraction, or an implant.