Root Canal Myths Dispelled

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’d rather have a root than…”? The common and negative portrayal of root canal treatment isn’t just a cliche, it’s a myth! Root canals save teeth and that’s why we’re using this blog post to dispel the most common root canal myths that exist.

Myth 1: “Root Canal Treatment Is Painful” – It’s a fact that many adults struggle with dental anxiety. For these individuals, the prospect of going to the dentist may fill them with dread, even for a simple cleaning appointment, so we understand why a patient might expect something horrible and painful when they get the news that they need root canal treatment. However, thanks to modern technology and anesthetics, root canal treatment can be performed quickly and comfortably. And the best part is that the pain of your infected tooth will be gone immediately after treatment.

Myth 2: “If My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt, I Don’t Need Root Canal Treatment” – A common assumption people make is that if their teeth aren’t hurting then their teeth are healthy. Unfortunately, this isn’t always accurate. In some serious cases, the tooth may already have died, but it still needs root canal therapy in order to prevent a dangerous infection.

Myth 3: “Root Canal Treatment Is Only A Temporary Fix” – Some patients are skeptical of root canal treatment because they think the benefits won’t. This is not true. A restored tooth after root canal therapy can last a lifetime with proper care and regular checkups. While forces from grinding, chewing and talking may cause the crown on the tooth to break, this is only a problem with the restoration, not the root canal itself.

Myth 4: “It’s Better to Just Pull The Tooth” While technically it may be easier to yank a problem tooth rather than carefully remove the infected pulp, fill in the root, and place a new crown, that doesn’t mean it’s betterOur natural teeth are nearly always preferable to any kind of false teeth.

The Root Canal Reality – The “tooth” is root canal therapy is a great way to save a tooth, and modern dentistry has made the process comfortable and pain-free. If you’re having pain or if you’ve been avoiding root canal treatment, do the best thing for your oral health and schedule an appointment at Smileboston today!

Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry is a full service dental practice in Brookline, Massachusetts with services ranging from general and cosmetic procedures to root canal therapy and full smile makeovers – all under one roof! Call 617-277-4100 and check out the Smileboston experience, first hand. We love our patients’ healthy smiles!