Common Myths About Root Canals

Common Myths About Root Canals

A root canal is one of the most important dental procedures because it can save your tooth from extraction. You might benefit from a root canal if your tooth is decayed, if the nerves are damaged, or if you develop an abscess. 

Unfortunately, plenty of myths about root canals have made the rounds, some of which might tempt you to put off your root canal treatment.

Dr. Roberto Palmieri, accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, performs root canals here at Palmieri Dentistry in Mooresville, North Carolina, using advanced tools, 3D imaging, anesthesia, and innovative techniques. 

Below, Dr. Palmieri debunks four common myths to ease your mind about scheduling a root canal.

1. Root canals hurt

Have you ever heard a friend say, “I’d rather give a speech to 1,000 people than have a root canal?” If so, you’re not alone. Root canals have the unfortunate and undeserved reputation as being a painful thing against which other undesirable tasks are compared.

The truth, however, is that root canals aren’t designed to hurt. In fact, root canals take away the pain of an infected or damaged tooth. 

In fact, thanks to advanced techniques and local anesthetics, receiving a root canal shouldn’t feel any different than getting a filling.

2. Root canals contribute to cancer diagnoses

Another common myth about root canals is that they can cause cancer. This connection was sparked using outdated research by a dentist in the early 20th century, Weston Price, that was conducted in non-sterile environments in poor conditions. 

There are no peer-reviewed studies that link cancer and root canals.

3. Root canals require many visits

Dentistry is always evolving and advancing technology means that dental procedures benefit too. That includes root canals! Thanks to modern techniques and advanced practices, most root canal treatments can be completed in 1-2 appointments. 

4. It’s always better to extract a tooth

This is another myth. In general, “always” and “never” statements aren’t true 100% of the time. While there are cases in which a tooth extraction is warranted, it’s good practice to save your natural tooth if you can. Saving your natural tooth:

Root canals enable you to save your natural tooth even if it’s severely decayed or damaged.

Saving your tooth with a root canal

Whether your tooth has been damaged by decay, injury, or infection, if left untreated, it can be painful and lead to tooth loss. During a root canal, Dr. Palmieri removes infected or damaged tooth pulp so that your tooth can be preserved. 

Don’t let bad information stand in the way of getting the dental care you need? If you’re ready to schedule your root canal treatment, or have additional questions about the procedure, book an appointment online or call us at 704-247-6336 to schedule a visit.

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