October 5, 2019
If you were recently told that you need a root canal, odds are you went home and began Googling this often-misunderstood dental procedure. There is a lot of misinformation about root canals floating around out there, and it can be hard to determine what you should believe. That’s why we’re here to bust 5 common myths about root canals.
Myth #1: Root Canals Are Too Expensive
Because every dentist has their own rates, this myth is a little more difficult to bust than the others. Root canals can vary in price from practice to practice, but they are not all expensive. The reason they cost more than some other procedures like fillings is because they require much more precise skill to execute. If you ever find yourself worrying about the cost of a root canal, remember that you are making an investment to save your tooth. Furthermore, tooth extraction is significantly more costly than a root canal.
Myth #2: Root Canals Hurt
Most of the pain that people associate with root canals actually comes from the toothache beforehand. Your dentist will make sure to use plenty of local anesthetic (and, if needed, sedation) to ensure that you don’t feel a thing during the root canal. You may feel some slight pressure, but most patients are happy to report that root canals don’t feel much more uncomfortable than getting a simple filling.
Myth #3: You Only Need a Root Canal If Your Tooth Hurts
Sometimes teeth that have “died” no longer cause pain. However, the nerve still needs to be removed, because if it’s not, then it could cause infection. That infection could spread to other teeth and even result in tooth loss, so dealing with the dead tooth is of the utmost importance.
Myth #4: Root Canals Cause Cancer
There is no actual scientific evidence to support the idea that root canals cause any kind of illness. Root canals are incredibly safe and effective procedures. They actually remove bacteria from the roots of the teeth, preventing further infection that could lead to serious illness.
Myth #5: Tooth Extraction Is a Good Alternative to a Root Canal
A tooth extraction is a traumatic procedure that should only be done as a last result, as there is a chance of more bad bacteria being released into the bloodstream. Moreover, replacing a lost tooth with a bridge, dental implant, or denture is expensive and you’ll have to spend more time in the dental chair. Root canals save you time and money in the long run.
There are a lot of myths out there about root canal therapy. Hopefully this list helped bust a few of them for you.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Ryan achieved his dental degree in 2006 from Baylor College of Dentistry. He has also completed a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology and a three-year dental specialty program at Baylor in Prosthodontics, or the creation and placement of false teeth. If you have a severe toothache that doesn’t seem to go away, you might need a root canal. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Ryan at (972) 727-5001 for treatment.