One of the most feared dental procedures of all time is the root canal. The interesting part is the ones who fear them most are the ones who have never had to have one. Those who have had root canals know that thanks to modern advances in dental technology, the procedure is typically painless. This is especially true when compared to the pain an infection can cause, to begin with. It seems the fear stems from the unknown and the myths that continue to circulate like wildfire. So, today we are going to debunk the top three myths surrounding root canals and put some minds at ease.
Myth #1: They are extremely painful.
To start with, a root canal usually relieves pain. If an infection is present, it’s likely the patient is in a lot of pain. So, the goal of the root canal becomes to treat the source of that pain.
This myth likely stems from a time when anesthetics and painkillers were nonexistent. Later, once invented, they were not as sophisticated or readily available.
Myth #2: They can cause physical illness.
This myth began because of research conducted over 100 years ago. The research was not done well, and on many occasions, scientists have proven this. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims made in the 1930s.
Myth #3: Pulling the tooth is a better solution.
If you have heard of Myth #2, you have likely also heard of this one. The same scientist and his research started this myth, and for the same reasons, it holds no merit. The bottom line is, it’s always best to save your natural tooth whenever possible. It’s best for your oral health, your long-term care and it’s also the most cost effective solution now and down the road.
Don’t let misinformation scare you if you need a root canal. Dr. Collins works hard to make sure his patients feel confident and comfortable about all their dental care. For more information, you can visit our page here on Root Canal Therapy or call our office at 509-532-1111.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788