Myths About Root Canal Treatments

Myths About Root Canal Treatments

May 22, 2020

The thought of root canal treatment is enough to make you uneasy and fearful, especially if you don’t know what the procedure entails. A root canal therapy is done when decay and infection have spread to the pulp cavity. The dentist can recommend a root canal to stop the spread of the decay to the surrounding teeth and preserve your teeth. Although the root canal treatment has an 85 percent success rate, it is still surrounded by different myths. Below, our dental team addresses some of the misconceptions.

Myth #1: Root Canal Procedure is Painful and Risky 

In the past, the root canal was a painful and risky process, probably the reason why most people are afraid of it. However, with modern dental technology, our dentist in Rockville, MD, can perform this pain-free procedure in a relatively short time. Not only will the gums be anesthetized, but the dentist can also use sedation to relax and make the process bearable. Sedation is ideal if you have dental phobia and anxiety, and it is available in different forms, from oral to general sedation. 

Myth #2: The Root Canal Treatment is Long

Contrary to a common assumption, you only need one to two dental visits for the process to be complete. The treatment is also done in a few simple steps:

  • Your dental structure is examined and assessed. The endodontist will also check the surrounding teeth for any infection and deterioration.
  • The affected tooth is protected from saliva and moisture using a dental dam or sheet
  • The pulp cavity is cleaned off and shaped in preparation of the filling 
  • Using a biocompatible material, the endodontist will fill the hole and seal it. In most cases, the dentist will cover the teeth with a temporary dental filling.
  • Finally, the temporary filling is removed, and a dental crown used to restore the strength of your teeth and structure.

Myth #3: Tooth Extraction is Better than Root Canal Therapy

Most people may prefer teeth extraction over the root canal because of the assumed pain. However, tooth extraction is done when dental decay is severe, and the teeth can be salvaged. Your endodontist near you will assess the situation and advise accordingly.

Extraction is an irreversible dental procedure because once your permanent teeth are removed, they don’t grow back. Missing teeth damper your appearance and also impair your dental structure. Furthermore, the absence of teeth will cause alveolar bone to deteriorate and lead to bone loss. You will also depend on cosmetic dentistry, which is expensive and require multiple dental assessments.

Extracting your teeth will create a ripple effect of other dental procedures that are unnecessary. Unless advised otherwise by your dentist, a root canal is the ideal tooth decay treatment.

Myth #4: If The Tooth Cavity is not Painful, There’s No Need for Root Canal Treatment

The absence of pain does not indicate that your gums are healthy. If you notice pimples on your gums, it is vital to see an endodontist near you for an assessment. 

Ignoring a root canal treatment will lead to the spread of the infection to the surrounding tissues causing abscess formation. Furthermore, the infection can enter your bloodstream and cause inflammation.

Myth #5: Dental Crowns Are Not Essential After the Root Canal Treatment 

It is a common assumption that dental crowns are not as essential. However, without one, the teeth are weak and prone to infection. Remember, once the pulp cavity is removed, it weakens the teeth. A dental crown can help strengthen the teeth and shield them from any infection.

Take Away!

A root canal treatment is not as painful as it assumed to be because the dentist will use local anesthesia and sedation to reduce the pain. However, you can expect to have pain and discomfort after the treatment, but this can be addressed with medication. Also, avoid eating chewy foods to prevent any discomfort. Keep off smoking and alcohol, which will impair your healing process. Visit Joseph Boesch DDS for more information on a root canal.