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January 5, 2023

5 Myths About Root Canals, Debunked!

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Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair severely infected teeth. Though this procedure is incredibly common and has a 95% success rate, an abundance of misinformation about it has spread over the years, causing patients to be afraid of this treatment. Fortunately, most if not all of the bad things you know about root canals aren’t true. Continue reading as we debunk five common myths about root canals.

Myth #1: The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy Are Temporary

One of the most common myths about root canals says that this treatment only offers temporary relief. since root canal therapy is intended to be a long-lasting solution, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

This procedure has been designed to remove the infected pulp of a tooth before filling it with a biocompatible material. The tooth will then be sealed off with either a dental crown or a filling. Additionally, with proper care, root canals can last a lifetime.

Myth #2: Root Canal Therapy Hurts

Misinformation through movies, TV shows, the Internet, and other sources has led people to believe that root canal therapy is one of the most painful dental procedures out there. Fortunately, the opposite is true.

Tooth pulp is where the nerves are contained. This means that having it removed during a root canal will stop any pain that you’re feeling in that tooth. Additionally, many patients say that a root canal isn’t much worse than having a large cavity filled.

You will be administered a local anesthetic before undergoing this treatment. This will numb the area and prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. For patients who are particularly fearful or those who have trouble making it through dental procedures for other reasons, speak with your dentist about dental sedation to help you feel relaxed throughout treatment.

Myth #3: You Only Need a Root Canal If You’re in Pain

Tooth pain is one of the most common symptoms of an infection. Even so, it isn’t the only one. Even teeth that don’t hurt can still be infected. Additionally, if a toothache suddenly goes away. This may be a sign that the tooth has died. In this case, it will need to be pulled.

Myth #4: Tooth Extractions Are Better Than Root Canals

Some patients are under the impression that having a tooth pulled is better than getting a root canal. Your dentist will always do whatever they can to save a tooth, so extractions are a last resort. Additionally, it’s better to save your natural smile when possible. This will save you money from having extractions and getting replacement teeth. It will also allow you to maintain your natural bite.

Myth #5: Root Canals Make You Sick

Research performed in the 1920s determined that root canals can make patients fall ill. Luckily, this myth is based on outdated research. This misconception has also been proven incorrect by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), which stated that there is no scientific evidence pointing to root canal therapy causing any diseases or illnesses.

About the Practice

Dr. Bradford Young offers a variety of treatments to patients in Allentown and the surrounding communities, such as root canal therapy. He can also debunk myths about root canals so you understand how the procedure works and what to expect from it. If you are interested in making an appointment with Dr. Young or want more information on root canals, visit his website or call his office at (610) 439-1363 to get started.

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