Busting Myths about Root Canals

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The roots of a tooth keep the tooth in place. They also encase the pulp, which holds the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth. If decay reaches the pulp, it can cause significant pain. If your dentist has suggested a root canal to get rid of this damaged pulp, keep reading to learn the truth behind some of the most common myths about the procedure.

Myth: A Root Canal is Painful
Most people believe that root canal therapy is a painful procedure. In actuality, this treatment relieves the pain that the infected pulp causes. New advancements in dental technology make this procedure easier than ever. Most patients experience no more discomfort than they would when they get a cavity filled. Remember, if you visit the dentist for root canal treatment, you are probably already in pain. This treatment will help you get rid of this pain.

Myth: A Root Canal Can Cause Other Health Issues
Almost 100 years ago, Dr. Weston A. Price started the myth that root canals lead to other illnesses. At the time, medical experts did not have the same level of understanding about how health treatments work. According to the American Association of Endodontists, there is no scientific evidence that connects root canal therapy to other illnesses in the mouth or other areas of the body. In fact, a root canal treatment actually removes bacteria in the infected area, which can prevent more health issues.

Myth: It Is Better to Pull the Tooth
Some people believe that pulling a tooth is more effective than getting a root canal. Dentists do whatever they can to salvage natural teeth, though, which means they will always opt for a root canal over an extraction if possible.

Whether you need a root canal or a routine cleaning, schedule an appointment with the dental experts at Oak Creek Dental Care to enjoy some of the best oral health services in Columbus. Our dentists combine state-of-the-art technology and valuable experience to provide our patients with the best care. To learn more, call (614) 682-8345.

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