MYTH 1: ROOT CANAL TREATMENTS ARE PAINFUL
Reality: Root treatments do not cause pain, they eradicate pain.
Most patients visit their dentist or endodontologist when they have a persistent toothache. This pain often comes from diseased pulp (nerve) tissue within the tooth. In root canal treatment the diseased tissue, and thus the cause of the pain, is removed.
Stories about painful root canal treatments have no place in modern endodontology. These days, anesthetics (anesthetic injections) and the targeted techniques of endodontology make root canal treatment no more uncomfortable than putting in a filling. A survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment were six times more likely to describe it as “painless” than patients who had not had root canal treatment.
MYTH 2: ROOT CANAL TREATMENTS CAUSE ILLNESSES
Reality: Root canal treatments are a safe and successful treatment
In the past, a small group of medical practitioners alleged that there was a connection between teeth that had undergone root canal treatment and the emergence of certain illnesses. This opinion was based on the long outdated study by Dr. Weston Price from 1910-1930!
Many scientific studies that have been published in this area over the last 70 years show that there is no connection between root canal treatment and any kind of illness. The latest research into this issue shows that a tooth that has had good root canal treatment does not pose any risk to health whatsoever.
MYTH 3: A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO ROOT CANAL TREATMENT IS TO PULL THE TOOTH OUT
Reality: Preserving your natural tooth is surely the best option.
Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. Artificial teeth sometimes force you to change your eating habits. Retaining your own teeth means that you can still enjoy eating and the pleasure of different foods. Root canal treatment is the most organic way of treating diseased tissue within your tooth (pulp).
Good root canal treatments have a very high success rate. Many teeth that have had root canal treatment last a lifetime. Replacing lost teeth using bridges, dentures or implants usually requires more time and increased financial outlay. The treatment of the adjacent teeth and underlying tissue is also usually necessary.