A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that involves the removal of the soft center of the tooth known as the pulp, which is made up of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. The procedure is performed when the pulp has become infected or is injured or inflamed. A root canal is performed under local anesthesia and is a very common procedure but there are many myths associated with it.
Studies have shown that fear and anxiety are major deterrents to seeking root canal treatment. These fears can be attributed to the ignorance of patients about the procedure in general. In this post, we will try to debunk some of these myths.
Myth 1: Root canal treatment is painful.
This is possibly the most common myth about root canals. However, the truth is that root canal treatment relieves pain and does not cause it. Since the patient is given anesthesia, a root canal treatment is not more painful than any other dental procedure, such as a filling. The root canal can be a bit sore or numb following the procedure and may cause mild discomfort for a few days. As the dentist removes the damaged tissue, the patient is relieved of the severe toothache caused by it. Moreover, dentists are also experts in pain management and ensure that there is minimal pain and discomfort during and after the procedure.
Myth 2: Tooth extraction is better than a root canal.
The truth is that saving the tooth is always the best option unless the tooth is damaged beyond repair and extraction is the only choice. The implants or bridges cannot fully replace the look and function of the natural tooth. Root canal has a high success rate, and it is not uncommon for a treated tooth to last a lifetime. Also, extraction and replacing the affected tooth with an implant often takes a long time and the patient may have to undergo additional procedures on the adjoining teeth.
Myth 3: If there is no pain, you don’t really need a root canal treatment.
In some cases, a tooth that needs root canal treatment will not cause any pain. However, this does not mean that the tooth is healthy. If the dentist sees that the pulp is infected or damaged, the patient will need a root canal procedure regardless of whether they are experiencing any pain or not. If the infection is not treated, nearby tissue will also become infected.
Myth 4: Root canal treatment takes a long time.
Contrary to the belief that root canals require several long appointments, most root canals can be completed in a single sitting lasting no more than 1-1.5 hours. In some cases, root canals may need two visits depending on the severity of the infection.
Myth 5: Root canal treatment is very expensive.
Unlike many other dental treatments, root canals are not prohibitively expensive. The exact cost of treatment will depend on a wide variety of factors including which tooth is to be treated, the cost of the crown chosen, and on your insurance coverage.
Myth 6: Follow-up appointments not required.
This is not true. Once the pulp is removed, the dentist will place a temporary filling to protect the root from infection. This temporary filling offers protection only for a short time. You will need a follow-up appointment to get a permanent filling or crown.
Do not let these myths keep you from getting the treatment you need. If you have dental issues, do not ignore them any longer. Book an appointment with us for the correct diagnosis and treatment.
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