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The Most Common Root Canal Myths Debunked

The Most Common Root Canal Myths Debunked

If you were to survey everyone you know in regards to what their most feared dental procedure is, odds are that root canal therapy would be right at the top of the list. Fortunately, this fear is largely based on inaccurate information that ultimately keeps patients from making informed decisions in regards to their own dental care. Some Austin patients have even asked for a tooth extraction to avoid a root canal. If you have found yourself privy to such misinformation, here is a list debunking some of the most common root canal myths.

1. You Do Not Need A Root Canal Unless Your Teeth Hurt

Sometimes root canal therapy is necessary simply to prevent a dead tooth from becoming infected. More broadly, the teeth that require therapy may not hurt at all. This is one reason why maintaining a regular dental checkup schedule with your local Austin dentist is so important. More often than not, your  dentist will discover a problematic tooth that you were not even aware of. Some of the tests they run include percussion testing, temperature testing, and testing via pulp vitality machine.

2. Root Canals Can Only Be Completed Over The Course Of Several Appointments

Most dentists can complete a root canal treatment in one or two appointments. However, this is based on several factors, including the severity of the infection, the complexity of the root canal itself, and whether the dentist needs to make a referral to an endodontist (the doctor that specializes in root canal therapy).

3. Root Canals Do Not Last

A lot of people think that the benefits of root canal therapy are limited to a few months after the procedure has been completed. This myth was likely started by patients who had a tooth break shortly after the completion of the procedure. In reality, removing the nerve from the tooth severs the blood supply, which causes the tooth to become even more fragile. If the size of the filling is too small, the natural forces produced from eating and talking could break the tooth. This is precisely why most Austin dentists recommend crowns.

4. You Can Get Sick From Root Canal Therapy

Over 100 years ago, from 1910 to 1930 to be precise, Dr. Weston Price conducted research that he claimed proved that bacteria could be traced inside a tooth post-procedure and cause severe illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease, and kidney problems. Fortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Bacteria is always present in the human mouth, even those with immaculately white teeth.

5. Root Canals Are Painful

Most patients seek out root canal therapy when tooth pain becomes too much for them to handle. This is important to keep in mind because the root canal itself is designed to alleviate the pain, not cause more of it. To this point, many people who were experiencing an unbearable amount of pain prior to the treatment report that they felt better after the procedure had been completed.

If you suspect you might need a root canal or are experiencing problems with any of your teeth, your Austin dentist at Access Dental is prepared to answer all of your questions and concerns. Book an appointment or give them a call today.