The Truth About Root Canals

January 13th, 2015 → 6:12 pm @

If your dentist has recommended a root canal, you may have fears and worries because of myths you’ve heard. Rest assured, though, that those myths are just that: myths. The truth about the procedure your dentist will perform should make you feel better. Here is what you need to know:

Root Canals Are Not Painful
Many people think root canals are one of the most painful things you can ever go through—right up there with childbirth and kidney stones. The truth, though, is that this procedure isn’t painful at all. In fact, after the root canal, you’ll probably feel better than you did immediately prior to it. Once the inflammation and infection is gone, the pain and pressure in the tooth is gone, too. Plus, thanks to sedation dentistry and good anesthesia, you won’t feel a thing while your dentist works.

Root Canals Are Preferred to Extraction
There is a school of thought that pulling diseased teeth is better than fixing them. That is not true. It is much better for your teeth, your mouth, and your oral health if your natural teeth stay in place. Root canals fix the problem of infection without sacrificing the tooth. You won’t have to worry about the look of your smile when your dentist repairs the tooth instead of pulling it.

Root Canals Don’t Make You Sick
An old myth is that removing the infected part of a tooth during a root canal would spread bacteria throughout the body, causing illness. When done properly, a root canal eliminates the bacteria in the infected tooth and prevents future problems. There is no scientific proof that a root canal spreads bacteria through the body, causes illness, or leads to diseases later in life. In fact, good oral health combined with having endodontic procedures when needed actually lead to better overall health.

Don’t be afraid of root canals. Your Sanford dentist can help you understand more about this procedure if you still have questions. To schedule an appointment with a Sanford Dental Excellence dentist, call our office at (407) 268-6409 and let us help you.

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