4 Myths About Root Canals

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Some people avoid or delay undergoing a root canal because they have heard horror stories about the procedure. In reality, root canals are safe procedures that are not as bad as many would lead you to think. Here are four myths about root canals and the truth.

It Is Painful

Root canals gained the reputation of being a painful procedure because of the lack of technology and anesthesia available in the past. In actuality, root canals are not painful. The procedure helps to alleviate pain.

Root canals are performed when a patient has a severe toothache that is causing pain. The root canal removes infected pulp and tissue which alleviates the pain. The actual procedure is relatively painless because of the anesthesia that is used.

It Is an Expensive Procedure

If you are avoiding a root canal because you think that it is expensive, it is time to reconsider. A root canal is a less expensive option than having a bridge placed or getting an implant. 

There are several factors that influence how much a root canal costs, such as is this the first time a root canal has been done on the tooth. Talk to your dentist about discounts and payment plans if you are still concerned with the price.

It Kills Your Tooth

A common misconception about root canals is that the procedure kills the tooth on which it is performed. The canal does the exact opposite. The root canal removes the infected pulp so that the tooth is able to heal. 

During the procedure, the dentist disinfects the tooth and gum area which leads to a decreased risk of developing a more serious dental condition.

It Takes a Long Time

In the past, a root canal could possibly have taken more than one appointment to complete. With advances in technology though, a root canal can usually be performed in one appointment. 

If there is more than one tooth that needs attention or the amount of time that you have to complete the procedure is limited, there is a chance that the dentist might take two visits to finish the root canal.

Your dentist can discuss any other qualms you have about undergoing a root canal. Do not allow your fears or stories from others stand between you and good dental health. A root canal can save your teeth which can be financially and emotionally beneficial to you.


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