Root Canal Myths: Addressing Misconceptions
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Table of Contents
- Most Common Myths
- Root Canal Truths
Most Common Myths on Root Canals
Most myths and misconceptions about root canals center on the process and pain during and after the procedure. While narratives contain some accurate information, many negative details are blown out of proportion.
The most common myths include pain, infection, getting sick and similar issues.
Root Canals Are Painful
You are most likely to avoid a root canal for fear that it will be painful. That is a false analysis since there are strategies to ensure that you are comfortable and have a painless experience. Anesthesia numbs the nerves, and any pain that may come afterward is manageable through pain killers.
You Get Sick after Getting a Root Canal
Some believe that a root canal procedure somehow weakens your immunity or causes illness. People have carried on this rumor from historical recordings. Records from the past are baseless since they don’t have research to back them.
Studies are still underway to link root canals to diseases after the procedure. Complications after a root canal happen if the process cannot manage the damage in the tooth.
Root Canals Involve Root Removal
The objective of a root canal is to save the root in your tooth. Roots are necessary to keep holding a tooth in position inside the jawbone. During the procedure, a dentist removes the inflamed tissue in the tooth, which is usually the source of pain.
Having a Root Canal Is Not as Effective an Extraction
A root canal is considerably effective since it gives you a chance to save your natural teeth and ensures a repaired tooth lasts a lifetime. Extraction often means you have to replace teeth with dental implants. Also, extraction takes more time and multiple visits than a root canal.
The Procedure Involves Multiple Visits
A single visit to your dental care provider is often enough to get your root canal performed. In some cases where the damage and infection are severe or the tooth has complicated anatomy that will you need a follow-up appointment to finish the procedure.
You Can’t Have a Root Canal if You Are Pregnant
If you are pregnant, it doesn’t mean you are exempt from a root canal procedure. First, the anesthesia used is safe for use during pregnancy. Second, there is minimal exposure to radiation during X-rays on pregnant individuals since the mouth is far from the abdomen.
And there is adequate protection from X-rays using a lead apron.
Root Canals Only Fix Painful Teeth
A throbbing toothache could make you a candidate for a root canal. But that is not the only way to ease your mind because a painless tooth can also need the procedure. A test confirms if a painless tooth has damaged pulp that needs a root canal.
A Root Canal Is Not Applicable When There Is Infection
It is most appropriate to have a root canal when you have an infected tooth, which would also relieve any pain. Infection is a sign there is damage in your tooth reaching the nerves. Failing to get a root canal at that point only worsens the infections.
The Truth about Root Canals: A Common Procedure
About 15 million root canals are performed yearly, which translates to about 41,000 treatments per day. Root canals procedures have a 97 percent success rate.
That is, the tooth stays intact eight years after the procedure. General dentists perform about 70 percent of all root canal treatments.
Dentists Can Carry Out the Procedure in Either of Two Ways
Conventional root canal treatment is one of the alternatives, which involves removing pulp through the top. The other alternative is a surgical root canal which entails removing the pulp through the bone under the gum. You may need a surgical root canal if the first root canal treatment fails or if a tooth has exceptionally difficult anatomy.
Your Molar Teeth Are Most Likely to Need Root Canal
Mandibular molars are the most likely to require root canal treatment due to their exposure and bite forces. However anterior teeth (your front teeth) are more likely to require surgical and non-surgical options.
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