5 Myths about Root Canal Treatment Debunked

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It’s gotten bad, hasn’t it? You had a little bit of pain in your tooth, but now it’s a big problem. You’re chewing on one side of your mouth, wincing every time an errant bite makes its way to the other side. Every exploratory poke with your tongue sends a shock of pain through your jaw, which is swollen and throbbing. But you don’t want to call a dentist. What if you need… a root canal treatment?!

If you do need a root canal treatment, you definitely don’t want to call just any dentist. You want to call the one in Quakertown, PA who has performed over 3,000 procedures with a more than 99% success rate. You want Dream-Dentistry and Sleep Care.

The term “root canal” can send waves of horror through the average person. But that’s due to a lot of misinformation floating out there. In reality, root canal treatment is sometimes the best option to save an infected tooth, and when you choose Dream-Dentistry and Sleep care, it’s also a pain-free one.

Below we have eight of the most common misconceptions we see about root canal treatment. How many have you fallen for?

Myth #1: Root Canal Treatment is Painful

Actually, we offer a totally pain-free root canal treatment. The pain you’re thinking of is caused by the infection in your tooth. Pus and bacteria are irritating the nerves of your tooth, which are housed inside what’s called the pulp. An infected pulp often means a painful tooth.

A root canal from Dr. Roeder will relieve your pain, not magnify it! Before your appointment, we’ll prescribe a round of antibiotics, which will address the infection. Once you’re in the dental chair, we’ll make sure your mouth is numb so you won’t feel a thing.

Myth #2: You Will Always Have Pain if You Need a Root Canal

This is a dangerous assumption! Believe it or not, you can have a serious infection and feel no pain. Some folks develop a small bump on their gums and don’t realize the implications. This bump, which resembles a pimple, may be a fistula. A fistula is an opening that can form in your mouth to allow pus to drain.

If you have a fistula, you may not notice any pain in your mouth, but you’re still at risk of an abscessed tooth. Being vigilant about your oral hygiene, including regular check ups and cleanings from our team at Dream-Dentistry and Sleep Care, is the best way to stay aware of any pain-free infections.

Myth #3: A Root Canal Treatment will Keep my Tooth Alive

This one is kind of a half-truth. A root canal treatment can preserve your infected tooth, not save it. Your tooth will be dead from the removal of its infected pulp, but a proper root canal from Dr. Roeder followed by a crown can ensure its longevity.

Additionally, removing the infection in an abscessed tooth goes a long way in preventing the spread of bacteria to neighboring teeth. Your infected tooth may be dead, but your remaining teeth will remain live and healthy – provided you practice good habits! Be sure to brush at least twice per day and floss at least once per day. Visit our office for regular exams and cleanings.

Once your root canal treatment has healed, you will need to see us for a custom-fitted crown. This protective cap will prevent your tooth from splitting.

Myth #4: Getting a Root Canal Treatment Can Make You Sick

This is one of the most famous misconceptions about root canal treatments. It’s based on one scientific study done nearly 100 years ago, and it’s never been verified!

The reality is that an untreated tooth infection or abscess is dangerous. You might even say it’s a ticking time bomb. Your infection will get worse. It’s just a question of when.

Infection spreads quickly, and it doesn’t always stay where it begins (your mouth). Over time an infection in your tooth could travel to other parts of your body, like your heart or your brain. In a worst-case scenario, you can actually die from infection!

That’s why it’s so important to come see us right when you start feeling pain. We’ll remove the infected pulp and seal it off so that it can’t spread.

Myth #5: A Root Canal Treatment is Pointless Because You’re Going to Lose Your Tooth Eventually

Oh ye of little faith! We have performed thousands of successful root canal treatments. When done correctly by someone like Dr. Roeder, a root canal treatment can last decades, if not your entire life.

The decision between a root canal treatment and an extraction plus implant is one you should discuss with our team at Dream-Dentistry and Sleep Care. We can help you determine which procedure is best for you. Whatever you decide, you’ll receive competent, compassionate care.

Make an Informed Decision about Root Canal Treatment

The next time you hear someone say, “Root canal treatments are a nightmare!” you can smile to yourself, then give them the facts. Armed with the right information, you won’t fall for scare tactics. You’ll be able to speak from experience.

Now that you know your fear was misplaced, it’s time to stop waiting for things to get worse. You also know the risks of ignoring your pain and discomfort. Call us with your questions at (215) 804-4777.