Root Canal Treatment: 5 Misconceptions You Should Know

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If you’re wary about root canal treatment, you are not on your own! Root canals tend to have an awful reputation. Many patients experience dread when their dentist utters the words root canal. Fortunately, having a root canal is nothing to be worried about – especially as modern dentistry has come such a long way.

There are many misconceptions that discourage people from wanting root canals. At Dental on York, we have completed countless successful root canal treatments. In this article, we discuss what a root canal treatment is and run you through five of the most common root canal myths!

What is root canal treatment?

A root canal treatment is done to ultimately save an infected tooth. During a root canal treatment, infected tissue from inside the tooth is removed, the site is then disinfected, filled and sealed to prevent further infection and restore the tooth’s structure. Usually, a root canal treatment is finished off with a dental crown. 

For our experienced dentists at Dental on York, a root canal treatment is a routine procedure that repairs and preserves your natural tooth. At our Sydney dental practice, your comfort is our top priority.

Root canal treatment myths

Right, it’s time to get myth-busting! Find a list of 5 common root canal therapy myths below:

Myth 1: Root canal treatment is painful

One of the most common myths that puts people off dental procedures is that they are painful. The truth is, oral health issues cause pain – not so much the treatments, which exist to relieve your pain. Any invasive dental procedure is usually done under local anaesthetic, so you actually won’t feel anything at all. With advances in technology and anaesthesia, a root canal causes no more discomfort than a simple filling.

Myth 2: If there’s no pain, there’s no need for a root canal

One reason to have regular dental check-ups is that oral health issues may otherwise be undetected if you feel no pain. Often there are no warning signs or symptoms of an infected tooth until it’s too late. Even if you feel no discomfort, an infected tooth needs to be treated. If not, the infection can spread throughout the mouth and jaw and you run the risk of losing your tooth. 

Myth 3: Root canal treatment causes illness

The misconception that root canal treatments cause illness dates back to outed studies as early as the twenties. These aged studies claim that root canals can cause a number of health issues from arthritis to cancer. Modern dental science has found these claims to be entirely false. Root canal treatment gets rid of the infection, contributing to a healthier you!

Myth 4: An extraction is better than a root canal

Some may view an extraction as quicker, cheaper, and less scary than a root canal. Root canal treatment is an ideal choice, in the long run. Preserving your natural teeth for as long as possible is essential, for their function and contribution to your overall oral health. Root canal treatment is a common procedure, often used by dentists to successfully preserve natural teeth. 

Myth 5: No need to visit the dentist after the treatment

One benefit of root canal therapy is that it usually just takes one or two visits. However, a common misconception is that you will not need to return to the dentist after your treatment is complete. Once your root canal treatment is complete, it’s important to keep up with regular dental visits to ensure optimal oral health.

When to see a dentist for a root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is necessary for a variety of oral health concerns. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should book an appointment with your dentist without delay:

Persistent pain

If you are experiencing persistent toothaches or pain it could be a sign of infection. You may even feel pain throughout your jaw. The pain may come in sharp waves and can be very uncomfortable.

Sensitivity to heat and cold

Is cold ice cream or hot coffee causing you to wince in pain? You may need a root canal if this discomfort lingers for long periods. It may be a sign that your nerves are exposed and/or damaged.

Swollen gums

Swollen gums near the affected tooth may mean you need a root canal. A telltale sign of an infected tooth is a fistula that may ooze pus from the affected area.

A chipped or cracked tooth

If you’ve had a run-in during a sports game or bitten something hard, you may have chipped or cracked your tooth. This can cause nerve damage, but also create a perfect crevice for bacteria to get trapped in. 

Dental on York is here to help

We have debunked the five most common myths about root-canal treatments to ease your fears. Our friendly dental team at Dental on York Sydney have the highest level of technical experience and are empathetic to your concerns.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, book an appointment today.

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