Debunking Myths about Root Canals


Are you living with a decayed tooth? Has your dentist suggested a root canal procedure to treat it? Do you fear getting it because of the popular horror stories about the pain involved? Worry not! This article is here to bust some myths about root canals.

However, before getting into that, let’s first understand what a root canal is.

Root Canal Treatment

Sometimes, teeth get infected by bacteria, causing tooth decay and abscess. When this infection remains untreated, the soft inner part of the tooth, also called the pulp, becomes inflamed and infected, leading to tremendous pain in your mouth and jaw.

Sometimes, the pulp can also become infected due to teeth cracking or trauma. This infected pulp is removed during a root canal, and the surfaces inside the tooth are cleaned and disinfected. Your dentist follows this up by filling in the space held previously by the pulp.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the popular myths surrounding root canal treatments.

Myth 1: Root Canals Are Painful

While root canals were very painful some time ago, with the advent of pain relief medication and anesthesia, a root canal procedure is only as painful as any regular dental procedure. It might be way more painful to live with the decaying tooth.

However, the treated area may be sore for a few days after the procedure and cause mild discomfort. Talk to your dentist about how you can help the tooth heal faster.

Myth 2: If the Infection Doesn't Hurt, You Don't Need A Root Canal

This may be difficult to believe, but infected pulp may not always cause pain. Your infection may look superficial, but only your dentist can determine how much damage has been done to the tooth's inner surface.

If you spot the appearance of a pimple in your gum near your infected tooth, contact a dentist. This pimple helps drain the pus from your infected tooth and could be why you don't feel any pain.

Apart from these symptoms, if you experience heightened sensitivity to heat and cold or swollen, tender, decaying, or darkened gums, it can also mean you might require a root canal.

Myth 3: Removing the Tooth Is a Better Option than Getting a Root Canal

Your natural teeth are incomparable to any artificial replacements, both in look and function. If they can be salvaged, opting for a root canal can help retain your teeth rather than getting a new tooth.

Endodontic treatments have high success rates. If you get your infection contained and treated in time, eventually, you can go back to how your teeth were before the infection.

However, if the treatment is postponed and the infection worsens, you might lose a tooth anyway. This might mean replacing the tooth with a bridge or implant. These procedures will take more time and treatment to restore your new tooth's support and function.

For a detailed insight into root canals and a personalized treatment plan, you can reach out to us at Dearborn Family Smiles. We’re a state-of-the-art dental clinic and care center offering quality in-class dental services. Book an appointment with our experts today! If you have doubts, call us at +1 313-251-5272 or contact us online!