3 Myths About Root Canals

It can be upsetting to hear that your injured or infected tooth needs a root canal. Perhaps you recall an older relative discussing root-canaldifficulties with their root canal, or have heard similar rumors about them.

Today’s root canals, whether performed by a general dentist or an endodontist, are safe and effective and usually involve little discomfort. Opinions are changing about root canals, as more and more patients benefit from new techniques and improved tools.

Busting 3 Myths About Root Canals

Myth #1: Extraction is better than having a root canal.

Once a natural tooth is removed from your jaw, there may be some immediate relief, but a cascade of other issues can occur. The remaining teeth around the extracted tooth may shift and you may experience bone loss in your jaw.

Myth #2: Root canals are painful.

Many patients are in considerable pain by the time a root canal is done, and the procedure typically relieves that. Beyond a few days of post-operative discomfort, today’s root canals are rarely uncomfortable. In fact, if you do feel significant post-op pain, you should contact your dentist – this can be a sign the root canal needs to be examined.

Myth #3: Only endodontists perform root canals.

Saving natural teeth is the focus of endodontics. However, both general dentists and endodontists are able to perform the procedure. General dentists and endodontists work as a team – consulting on complex cases and keeping the lines of communication open about a patient’s overall oral health. Additionally, if you and your dentist decide it is best for you to have the root canal performed by an endodontist, the crown that is placed on top of the tooth afterward will typically be placed by your general provider.

“It’s important to have up-to-date information on what root canals can do to help save your natural teeth, so you and your general dentist can make informed decisions,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix and founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates.

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