Root canal therapy has become something to be feared and even ashamed of. It’s likely that you’ve heard something (either by word-of-mouth, on the internet, or in the movies) that has caused fear or anxiety about the process of receiving a root canal. However, most of this information is either outdated or simply wrong.
Don’t believe everything you hear about root canals! This procedure is one of the safest and most pain-free methods to saving your natural tooth. We’ve put together a list of the most common myths regarding root canal therapy to help put your mind at ease.
Common Root Canal Myths
Below are common root canal myths and the truth behind them:
Root canals are painful – This myth has come about for a few reasons. First of all, an infected tooth is painful before it’s treated. Additionally, the older treatments used decades ago did cause some pain during the procedure. However, thanks to advances in technology, a variety of options for sedation, and our team of endodontic professionals, root canals are no more painful than receiving a dental filling.
Root canals can cause illness – Decades ago, people thought that root canals had the potential to cause heart disease, kidney disease or arthritis. However, there is no valid scientific evidence that links root canal therapy to any kind of medical illness. Root canals are completely safe and rid the mouth of harmful bacteria infection, improving oral and overall health.
It’s a better option to have the tooth pulled – This is simply not true. It is always better to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, by any means. If a tooth is removed unnecessarily, you may experience jaw pain, bite problems, and drifting teeth that can cause gaps in your smile.
Here at Endodontic Specialists of Colorado, it’s important to us that our patients are well-educated about root canal therapy. To learn more, please contact one of our three offices located in Colorado Springs North and Pueblo, Colorado.