Navigating Past Root Canal Myths

A root canal is a procedure used to treat damaged nerves and tissue inside the tooth, called pulp. When the tooth pulp is damaged it can allow bacteria to form and grow inside the tooth. These bacteria can lead several health complications such as pain, swelling, and potentially spreading the infection to other teeth or other parts of you. A root canal will help save your tooth and keep you healthy.

There are many myths that people believe about root canals. You’ve probably heard a few yourself. Here are the real truths about the process.

Myth: A root canal is painful

Many people dread going to the dentist to get a root canal because they fear the process will be incredibly painful. This is far from the truth. Many people are surprised to find that a root canal is no more painful that getting a normal filling. That damaged tooth is the cause of the pain; the root canal will save you from that pain.

Myth: Root Canals are very expensive.

While all medical procedures cost money, have a tooth replaced with bridges or dentures will be far more costly than getting a simple root canal therapy. If money is a concern, you should discuss your options with your insurance provider or look into financing plans. Insurance may cover all the costs, and will usually cover at least part.

Myth: root canals will cause other health problems.

This is simply untrue. While allowing bacteria to fester and attack your body can lead to health complications, fixing your teeth will not lead to heart attacks or any other health complications. This is based on information that was debunked in the 1920’s, aimed at increasing the number of extractions performed in some practices.

Myth: Teeth need to hurt before a root canal is performed

Teeth do not need to hurt before a root canal is needed. Dentists can use root canal therapy to prevent damaged teeth from becoming infected. It is important to get regular checkups every six months, partly to check for this type of issue. If it’s been a while since your last visit, make an appointment to see Dr. Cassell today.

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