Top Myths About Root Canal Treatment in Kingston, PA and Why They Should Not Be Believed
When it comes to hearing that a dental procedure is needed to save a tooth, many would say they fear root canals the most. Naturally, when a root canal is recommended as a necessary action to save a tooth, many patients face immediate and intense dental anxiety. Dr. Stephen Lawrence and his team at Lawrence Dental in Kingston, PA wish to dispel much of the fear that is associated with root canal treatment. Much of the fear associated with root canal treatment is due to myth, rumor, or hearsay, so it is important to understand what is fact and what is merely a myth.
Myth 1: Pulling a Tooth Is Best
If anybody has told you that extracting a tooth is a better option than root canal treatment, you are not alone. A common myth is that extracting a tooth is a better option for long-term oral health, cost of the procedure, and pain level associated with the procedure. The truth is that tooth extraction should always be a last resort. A tooth extraction, without further treatment, can cause devastating long-term oral health issues including shifting teeth and bone loss. It is also more expensive.
Myth 2: Root Canal Treatment Causes A Tooth to Die
One myth that many people have heard is that a root canal can lead to the death of the infected tooth. The truth is that the procedure does just the opposite. A hole is drilled in the crown of the tooth to remove infected tooth pulp. Once the pulp is removed, it is replaced with (usually) gutta-percha, a rubber-like material. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is placed over the tooth for protection from bacteria and to retain the tooth’s original structure. This effectively saves the tooth.
Myth 3: Root Canals Are Incredibly Painful
Root canal treatment has gained an unfair reputation as being incredibly painful. This reputation is so strongly associated with the treatment that it causes widespread anxiety and fear into patients daily when they are prescribed the treatment. The truth is that thanks to advancements in dental technology and sedation techniques, the procedure is extremely comfortable. Many patients who have received a root canal liken it to be no worse than the average filling. Still, many patients may suffer from extreme dental anxiety and that should be discussed with your dentist before the procedure.
If you need more information about a root canal or are experiencing any sort of tooth discomfort, please call Lawrence Dental Group at (570) 852-2650 today.