3 Myths About Root Canals Debunked

3 Myths About Root Canals Debunked

As many patients live with dental anxiety, many of these anxieties can come from past experiences at the dental office associated with antiquated dental techniques and technologies. Another source of this dental anxiety can come from rumors spread around either through social media outlets or even Hollywood movies, such as the fact that root canals are the worst possible reason to go into the dental office. And this article we will discuss three myths about root canals and work through to debunk them for what they are – lies!

1. You Only Need a Root Canal if You are Experiencing Tooth Pain

While extreme tooth pain is something that many patients experience in association with needing a root canal, you can also need a root canal even if you don’t experience tooth pain. It is important to remember that the root canal treats the pulp of the tooth that contains nerves and soft tissues. When this pulp is affected, it, in essence, dies. After it’s dead, it no longer feels any kind of pain. It is important to keep up with your routine dental exams as this is something that your dentist or dental hygienist can catch before the problem becomes too large.

2. Root Canal Treatment is Painful

This myth may have been true many years back, but advancements in sedation dentistry, local and general anesthesia help and eating patients with any kind of pain during root canal treatment. By simply consulting with your dentist, arrangements can be made to ensure that you feel little to no pain during your root canal

3. Root Canals Cause Illness

This rumor was spread many, many years ago in the 1920s when an experiment was done on patients following their root canal treatments. During this time, general health was not the same as it is today. So, no, root canals do not cause illness.

At Ocean Dental in Huntington Beach, CA one of our leading tools to help our patients is to keep them educated on all things dental, and everything. If you would like to schedule an appointment, give our office a call or send us an email detailing any symptoms or concerns needing to be addressed.