Root canals are tremendously valuable among dental treatments, giving a patient an opportunity to save a biological tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic. Unfortunately, however, this intervention is associated with a number of myths that can make patients reluctant to pursue it. If your dentist has recommended a root canal, it’s important to educate yourself on the facts about this treatment so that you can make an accurately informed decision.
Root Canals: Don’t Believe The Hype!
You’ve probably heard the phrase “I’d rather have a root canal,” when someone is seriously dreading a task or responsibility. Many people have the misconception that root canal treatment is tremendously painful, when people who actually undergo root canal treatment report that the intervention is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.
Often, the infection that is being addressed by a root canal is causing pain for a patient because it is affecting the sensitive nerve endings in the tooth’s pulp. Therefore, patients may associate root canal treatment with pain, when in reality it results in eliminating the cause of that symptom.
Benefits Of Root Canal Treatment
In performing a root canal, a dentist removes diseased tissue from the innermost portion of the patient’s tooth, thoroughly cleans out the empty root canal chamber to remove any residual bacteria and then fills the empty chamber with a substance that has a consistency similar to rubber. Advanced decay or infection in a tooth’s core can result in tooth death, so performing a root canal can save the tooth. This is always preferable to extraction, whenever possible, as even the most structurally complete prosthetic tooth replacements can’t completely replicate a biological tooth.
Additionally, if the patient is experiencing pain as a result of the bacteria’s infiltration into the tooth’s pulp tissue, removing that diseased pulp tissue via a root canal will give the patient relief from this symptom.
If a root canal has been recommended in your case and you’re indecisive about whether to proceed because of misinformation, we encourage you to contact Hulen Crossing Family Dental and consult with one of our knowledgeable staff members to get the facts about this beneficial treatment option.