5 Common Myths About Root Canal Treatment

5 Common Myths About Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure taken up by an Endodontist. Its purpose is to remove any causes of underlying infection and decay from within the tooth. The procedure, while not complex has a few myths associated with it; today we are going to shed some light on the 5 most common myths about root canal procedures.

Root Canals Are Painful

Root canals are a serious dental procedure; thus it involves the use of anesthesia. When anesthesia is used in any procedure pain is virtually nonexistent. Paired with the advanced technology and modern advances in dental care, you’ll be in and out of the dentist’s chair in no time.

Requires Several Visits to the Dentist

It is a common belief that root canals require multiple trips to the dentist. While this has some truth to it, there are some loopholes to this procedure in regards to time. Root canals, if done by extraction will always require a dental implant. This extra step in the procedure is usually what makes the entire process take a bit longer. However, requires no more than 1 to 3 visits, and the pre-existing condition of the tooth determines the number of visits.

Kills the Tooth

The purpose of a root canal is tooth restoration. It by no means kills the tooth. However, it rids the tooth of dead flesh and damaged nerves.

Low Success Rate

Root canals have a 95% success rate if properly treated by an Endodontist. Furthermore, when paired with routine dental care root canals are very durable.

Treatment Causes Illness

Some centuries ago, there were many unscientific studies conducted on root canal procedures. These studies claimed that root canal procedures had a possible reason to cause infections. However, this is not true as any kind of evidence has not backed these studies up to date. Root canals are meant to remove bacteria from the inside of the tooth, not to be the cause of further infection.

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