The term “root canal” does not have a positive association for the average adult. This is unfortunate. The truth is, root canal therapy is not only safe, but it is the most effective way to relieve pain from an infected tooth. Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy doesn’t cause pain, but it is the only procedure to stop the pain caused from an infected tooth. If you still cringe at the words “root canal,” let us set the record straight by debunking these common three myths.
- Myth #1: Root canals are painful.
- Truth: Root canals were painful a long time ago, but now they are very comfortable. In fact, root canal therapy is no more painful than getting a simple dental filling. Local anesthetic will be used along with sedation dentistry (nitrous oxide) to foster a painless and even relaxing time in the dental chair.
- Myth #2: Root canals are dangerous to your overall health.
- Truth: One debunked study long ago proposed that root canals can spread bacteria to the rest of the body and make you sick. However, countless more studies have proven this theory to be false. You may also hear bogus claims on the internet saying that root canals can cause cancer or arthritis. Again, modern science has dismissed these bogus beliefs. Instead, root canal therapy is purposed to get rid of a harmful infection that could compromise your health if left alone.
- Myth #3: Extracting an infected tooth is easier and cheaper.
- Truth: Extraction may be less expensive upfront, but it will cost far more in the long run compared to a root canal. When extracting a tooth, regardless of where it is in the mouth, it will need to be replaced in order to avoid shifting teeth, bone loss and other dental issues. Replacing a missing tooth requires a dental implant, a procedure much more complicated, invasive and pricier than a simple root canal.
To learn more truths about root canal therapy, call Muccioli Dental in Johns Creek. We value the importance of providing painless root canal therapy to those who are suffering from an infected tooth.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Randy Muccioli, Muccioli Dental
Muccioli Dental - Johns Creek Dentist
6300 Hospital Pkwy, Suite 275
Johns Creek, Georgia 30097
Phone: (678) 389-9955