Over the years there have been many different speculation and myths about Root Canals. Here at Thurmaston Dental, we are here to bust these myths and put your mind at ease whether you are getting a root canal or not.
What is a Root Canal?
Along with the myths, we also get asked ‘what is a root canal?’ Well, a root canal is a process where the tooth (or multiple teeth) has tooth decay which causes cysts at the bottom of the tooth and making the pulp inside the tooth infected. Severe tooth decay will cause great pain.
Root canals can be a procedure performed under local anaesthetic. The process is to remove the infected pulp, clean and shape the inside of your tooth before filling and sealing your tooth.
5 Root Canal Myths
1. Having a root canal is painful
Will it cause pain? No! People often think having a root canal is a painful procedure, but that is untrue. The pain you feel is from the infected pulp, before the procedure you will get aesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area, you won’t feel a thing during a root canal. After the procedure, you may find the tooth to be sensitive, however, after a few days recovery, the tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot and cold drinks.
2. I might as well get the tooth removed rather than get a root canal.
Never assume that as soon as there is a problem with a tooth that the best option is to remove it. Many people think that even after a root canal they’ll have to get the tooth removed eventually, this is not true! In any circumstance, you should always keep your tooth and treat it. If you have an infected tooth it will be more harmful to your gum health to get it removed than have a root canal.
3. I can’t feel any pain so I won’t need a root canal, right?
Wrong. Even if you feel no pain, you may need a root canal. As dentists, we have ways to see if you have infected pulp so if you noticed anything different about your teeth, even if they don’t hurt, please let your dentist know. If it is infected then a root canal can be performed, if the problem is left then the infection can cause more problems and yes, it will begin to hurt.
4. Having a root canal will cause illness, I’ve read all about it!
I’m guessing if you have googled information about root canals you will have seen stories about a Doctor in the 1920’s, he presented research that suggested dental tubules had bacteria trapped that could leak during a root canal and could cause a number of diseases in the body. This research is now almost 100 years old and is extremely outdated.
5. Root canals are temporary
Root canals aren’t temporary. The results are long-lasting. With regular check-ups with the dentist and proper care, your tooth will last a lifetime.