Monday, September 12, 2011

5 Myths About Root Canals

Many people avoid visits to the dentist and certain dental procedures because they are anticipating discomfort and pain. Root canals are on the top of many patients lists. Here are some of the top myths about root canals.

1. Root Canals Are Painful
According to the American Association of Endodontists, the idea that root canals always hurt started decades ago. Back then root canal treatments were indeed quite painful. As dental technology and methodology advanced, root canals are now usually no more painful than getting a filling. The decrease in pain is mainly due to modern technology and better anesthetics.

2. Root Canals Require Numerous Visits Back to the Dentist
Modern dental technology allows most root canals to be completed within 1 or 2 appointments.

3. Root Canals Lead To Illness
There’s no substantiated scientific evidence that show root canals cause illness. However, there is evidence to support the fact that people who have had root canals are no more at risk for developing illness than people who have never had one.

4. The Roots of the Tooth Are Removed During A Root Canal
Roots are not removed during a root canal. Your dentist or endodontist only removes the pulp from inside of the tooth.

5. The Tooth Will Come Out Eventually After A Root Canal
Your tooth can last a lifetime after a root canal. The main factors impacting the life of the tooth are having the tooth properly restored, maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly for exams and x-rays.

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