Myths and Facts about Root Canal Treatment

Mar 01, 2019

Many dentists suggest root canal treatment as an alternative to tooth extraction. Usually, the treatment option varies depending on the severity of the tooth. To save the tooth, the first choice is root canal treatment.

There are a few myths associated with root canal treatment-

Myth 1: Root canal procedure is very painful.

Fact: With the advancements in endodontic and use of anaesthesia effectively, the procedure is relatively less painful. This procedure helps in removing the infected pulp which could lead to severe infection.

Discomfort can be relieved for a while with the help painkillers. Avoid chewing from the affected tooth until the crown gets fitted.

Myth 2: Tooth extraction is a better alternative to root canal procedure.

Fact: The restored tooth lasts for a lifetime if the root canal procedure is performed effectively. Many dentists prefer tooth extraction which allows saving the remaining tooth.

The nerves in the pulp tissue are responsible for pain or sensitivity to hot or cold food items. Once the pulp is removed and the canal is sealed off, there is no feeling of such sensations.

Myth 3: Root canal procedure requires several visits to the dental clinic.

Fact: Many people think root canal procedure requires several visits to the dental clinic which is not true.

Depending upon the condition of the tooth determines the number of visits required which are usually 1 to 3 visits.

Myth 4: Root canal procedure is not required for a dead tooth.

Fact: A tooth dies due to loss of blood supply to the nerve inside the tooth root. This happens due to trauma or decay. You may think a dead tooth does not require treatment as it no longer causes pain or sensitivity.

Extracting the tooth or saving it through root canal procedure can prevent the bacteria from getting spread.

Myth 5: Root canal procedure is not very effective.

Fact: The success rate of this procedure is almost 95%. For effective results, it is necessary that the root canals are cleaned and sealed off.

It is better to save natural teeth through root canal instead of getting extracted.

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