Root Canals: 10 Common Misconceptions

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Root Canals Hurt

This used to be true decades ago. However, with today’s proper infection control and better anesthetics, the experience is not much different than getting a filling.

Root Canals Take Several Appointments To Complete

Decades ago, but certainly not today! Today, root canals are often completed in a single appointment.

Crowns Cause Root Canals

False! Crowns are the preferred treatment for fractured or cracked teeth and often will prevent the need for a root canal.

Root Canals Can Make You Sick

Actually, the opposite is true; root canals help eliminate infection! With the use of antibiotics and techniques that deliver disinfecting agents within the tooth, the root canal procedure is often the first step to better oral health.

A Root Canal Is Equivalent to Removing the Tooth’s Roots

Not so! A tooth is hollow and full of living tissue called the pulp. When the pulp dies or becomes infected, the dentist removes the pulp but leaves the structure of the tooth intact and the roots untouched.

You Can’t Get a Root Canal During Pregnancy

Dentists use numbing agents and medicine that is completely safe for pregnant women. Also, the use of lead aprons during x-rays protects unborn children. If you need a root canal and are pregnant, eliminating a tooth infection is essential for you and your baby’s health.

Root Canals Don’t Last Long

Root canals are successful about 95% of the time. The chances of failure increase with recurrent infection, fracture, or failing to crown the tooth. In many cases, root canals last a lifetime.

If a Tooth Doesn’t Hurt, There is No Need for a Root Canal

While viewing x-rays, dentists often identify painless abscesses that require root canals. For this reason, it is important for patients to stay current on their x-rays and have their teeth checked periodically!

Pulling a Tooth is better than Getting a Root Canal

Once a tooth is pulled, other teeth can shift, putting them at risk for other problems. Also, it is more costly to replace a missing tooth than to save it.

After Having a Root Canal, The Tooth is Completely Restored

The restoration immediately following a root canal is only temporary. Most teeth that have root canals are more brittle than their counterparts and require a permanent crown to protect it from fracturing. It is imperative that you schedule an appointment for a permanent crown either during or shortly after the procedure!

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