Root canals are used to relieve tooth pain and stop infection of the supporting structures of the teeth. Even without symptoms, x-rays may reveal that infection is present in the surrounding bone. When you hear the word “root canal” does it strike fear in your heart? Do you conjure up all sorts of pictures in your mind about what a root canal entails? No doubt you’ve heard many stories about bad root canal experiences from years ago. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate the myths from the realities about root canal therapy. Dr. R.J. Carpenter wants to help you learn the truth about root canal therapy.
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Let’s begin with some common myths about root canal treatment.
Myth 1: Root canals are painful. Reality: Modern root canal treatment is completed when your tooth and the surrounding tissue are numb. This means your root canal is relatively comfortable and you can request sedation techniques to make your appointment pain-free.
Myth 2: Root canals are expensive. Reality: Root canals are usually less expensive than having a tooth removed and replaced with a bridge, implant, partial or denture.
Myth 3: It’s better to have a tooth extracted than have a root canal. Reality: Most dentists agree it is better to save a tooth whenever possible because, when you lose a tooth, it compromises your smile through changes in your bite. A root canal can save a tooth.
Myth 4: You may never know if you need a root canal until it is too late to save the tooth. Reality: There are some common signs and symptoms you may need a root canal, including throbbing pain, swelling, bleeding or pus coming out of the root tip area, or pain when you are consuming hot or cold food or drinks. Dr. Carpenter can tell for sure by doing vitality testing and taking x-rays of your tooth.
Don’t let the myths about root canals keep you from having necessary treatment. Modern root canal therapy is the state-of-the-art way to save your tooth and your smile. To learn more about root canals, call our office to schedule an appointment today at 605-837-5527.