There are a lot of misconceptions about root canals floating around on the internet these days and we'd like to debunk the top three that we've heard and seen.
When a tooth has excessive decay from the inside out, whether it's dying from being injured or simply tooth decay that has gotten out of control, a root canal is needed.
After numbing your mouth sufficiently, our team will drill out the center of the tooth preserving the outside, but removing the pulp, nerves and decay from the inside. Then we carefully fill the entire tooth. This preserves the tooth in its place while removing the decay.
Root Canals Are Painful. Contrary to this statement, a root canal actually relieves tooth pain. Tooth decay is destructive and once the decay has reached the root of the tooth, there is intense pain which can also be accompanied by infection. This infection can lead to abscesses, bone loss and quite frankly, severe pain. Receiving root canal treatment relieves this pain and removes the decay permanently.
Tooth Extraction Can Be a Good Alternative to a Root Canal. Simply removing a tooth can open up a door to even more bacteria and decay in the mouth, as well as bone loss and realignment of the natural teeth. If you have a tooth pulled and decide to go with an implant or a bridge, you're looking at even more dental visits and time in the chair, as well as additional cost. Getting a root canal saves the tooth, it can usually be done in a single office visit and it's more cost effective than an extraction.
Root Canal Treatment Causes Illness. There is a lot of misconception that receiving a root canal can cause everything from heart disease to kidney failure. This is simply untrue. A root canal removes the bacteria and infection from your body which greatly reduces your risk for disease and complications from infection.
Please give us a call today and schedule a consultation with your next cleaning if you think that you may need to have a root canal.
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