For people who have never received root canal treatment, the task can be a little unsettling, especially if you have a fear of the unknown. However, endodontic treatment really isn’t as scary as you might make it out to be. In fact, this kind of treatment is beneficial for the overall health of your mouth vs. leaving the infection to fester or pulling out the entire tooth. Below are a couple myths of root canal treatment debunked.
Myth #1: Treatment for a Root Canal is Very Painful
One of the most common misconceptions about root canal treatment is that it is extremely painful. This is far from the truth. In actuality, this procedure is meant to relieve pain, not cause it. The reason you want to see a dentist in the first place is to relieve the pain that the infection in your tooth is causing your mouth.
With modern technologies and anesthetics, endodontic treatment is very similar to getting a filling replaced in your mouth. To take it a step further, patients who have undergone endodontic treatment are much more likely to describe the process as “painless” than those who have not received this treatment.
If you are experiencing pain in your mouth due to an infected root, don’t be afraid to contact us. You’ll be amazed at how much better your mouth can feel without that constantly throbbing and heat sensitive tooth bothering you!
Myth #2: Extraction is a Better Alternative to Receiving Root Canal Treatment
This myth couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, pulling out the tooth can be detrimental to the health of your mouth. Why you might ask? Consider these reasons:
– If you have a missing tooth in your mouth, this can cause your other teeth to shift in your mouth, causing unsightly gaps and even shift the way that your jaw is meant to operate. A large gap in your teeth due to a tooth extraction is a breeding ground for infections. There is more surface area between the teeth that will make it more difficult to clean and prevent future infections.
– Even though the tooth and root is now gone, you’ll still need to undergo other treatments such as a bridge or a dental implant.
– Endodontic treatment can save you money overall. It is a cost effective way to treat the damaged tooth and can be a lot less expensive than a tooth extraction with an added on expense for a bridge or implant.
As you can see, choosing a root canal is much more optimal than to extract the entire tooth. Undergoing treatment will help you to chew more efficiently, enjoy the natural appearance of your smile, and even help you to better enjoy life. Saving as much of your own natural tooth as you can is the best option.
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There are many myths that are associated with endodontic treatment, but overall, it’s much more beneficial to both your gums and your teeth rather than resorting to other methods, such as extraction, to try to eliminate the problem.
If you would like to learn more about root canal treatments or how you can have a better functioning mouth, book an appointment today with Central Avenue Dental. You’ll be amazed at how much pain and grief receiving endodontic treatment can save you!