The words “root canal” send many people’s teeth chattering with fear. Even when it’s recommended by a trusted dentist, many patients avoid getting a root canal because of the false rumors they’ve heard about them. However, this important treatment is now faster, more effective, and more comfortable than ever! To celebrate root canal awareness week, your Arlington dentist busts 10 common myths about this smile-saving procedure.
Myth #1: Root Canals Hurt
Thanks to modern technology and pain management techniques, most patients are happy to report that root canals are no more painful than getting a large filling. Any discomfort you may feel afterwards typically clears up right away and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Myth #2: Root Canals Require Many Appointments
Root canals can be performed quickly and effectively in one or two dental appointments.
Myth #3: Crowns Cause Teeth to Need Root Canals
Teeth with crowns only need a root canal if the tooth becomes infected or if decay has gotten underneath the crown. Both these issues can be prevented with great oral hygiene.
Myth #4: Root Canals Cause Illness
While this may have been true decades ago, there is no evidence to support that modern-day root canals lead to illness.
Myth #5: Root Canals Remove the Roots of a Tooth
Actually, the aim of a root canal is to preserve the tooth’s roots by removing the infected pulp inside.
Myth #6: Pregnant Women Can’t Have Root Canals
The anesthetics used during a root canal are safe for all patients, including pregnant women.
Myth #7: Teeth with Root Canals Will Inevitably Fall Out
As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, you can expect your repaired tooth to last you the rest of your life.
Myth #8: Root Canals Are Only Needed for Painful Teeth
While a throbbing toothache is a tell-tale sign that a root canal is needed, a tooth that needs a root canal may not be painful if its roots have been infected or damaged.
Myth #9: Teeth Are Weaker After Root Canals
After the pulp has been removed, your tooth can become brittle. To protect it from damage and decay, your dentist will likely place a beautiful and lifelike crown over it.
Myth #10: Having a Tooth Pulled is Better Than Getting a Root Canal
Your dentist’s goal is always to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible during a root canal. While there are plenty of tooth replacement options available, they can be more expensive in the long run than saving your natural tooth.
About the Practice
Excellent preventive dentistry is the heart of Costello Dental Excellence in Arlington Heights, IL. Our highly experienced team of dentists uses the most cutting-edge technology and effective techniques to spot and stop problems long before they cause you any discomfort or damage. However, if you do find yourself in need of a root canal, they can perform every step of repairing your teeth right here in office. If you have more questions about root canals, feel free to reach them via their website or at (847) 259-1111.