Myths About Root Canals Debunked

Myths About Root Canals Debunked

May 23, 2018

If you have been informed recently by your dentist that you need a root canal, you likely flew into a panic and are now scouring the internet for any information you can find about root canals. This procedure is very common, but unfortunately, it is also highly misunderstood. There are a lot of common myths as well as misinformation floating around about root canals. We want to shed some truth on these myths and put some of your worries to rest.

Myth #1: You only need a root canal if you are experiencing tooth pain.

While it is usually the case that you experience pain when a root canal is needed, it is possible that the tooth has died and no longer has any feeling. This tooth would still need a root canal to keep it from becoming infected. There are a series of tests that can be done on a tooth to see if this is the case.

Myth #2: Root canal treatment is painful.

This is undoubtedly the absolute biggest myth associated with a root canal. People are absolutely terrified of going to the dentist when they have a severe cavity because they think that the dentist is going to hurt them. In fact, the longer you wait, the worse your pain will be. The pain that people associate with a root canal procedure actually doesn’t come from the procedure at all. The pain is already present before the procedure and is being caused by an infection in the root of your tooth. The root canal procedure actually is meant partly to remove that pain along with the infection. There is very little pain that can be attributed to the root canal procedure.

Hopefully, now that you understand root canals a little better, you won’t be so worried when it comes to your procedure!