Root canal treatment is one of the fields of dentistry where it can give our teeth a second life. But many myths have clouded our minds leading to more patients opting for teeth removal instead of saving their teeth.
Put your mind at ease as I dispel the six common myths about root canal treatment.
Myth number one: the root canal treatment is painful.
Decades ago that may have been the case, but with modern technology and anesthetics, you won’t be experiencing any more pain than if you went to have a cavity filled. The pain from a severe toothache, often caused by the damaged tissues in the tooth can be easily remedied when the endodontist removes the damaged tissue through the root canal treatment. In addition, endodontists are experts in pain management, and most cases can be treated quickly and comfortably.
Myth number two: root canal treatment causes illness.
Information that you may find on the internet or somewhere claiming that if you receive a root canal treatment, you’re more likely to become ill or contract a disease in the future simply isn’t true. This false claim was based on long-debunked and poorly designed research conducted nearly a century ago, long before modern medicine understood the causes of many diseases. There is no valid scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to diseases elsewhere in the body.
Myth number three: it’s better to pull a tooth than have a root canal treatment.
Saving natural teeth, if possible, is always the best option. Nothing artificial can replace the look or function of a natural tooth. So it’s always important to consider root canal treatment as an option. Endodontic treatment has a high success rate. Many root canals treated teeth can last a lifetime. Replacing an extracted tooth with the dental bridge or implant or even dentures requires more time and treatment, and may result in further procedures for neighboring teeth and supporting the tissue.
Myth number four: the root canal-treated teeth will fail.
A meta-analysis have shown that 93% of endodontically treated teeth survive at two years postoperatively, but this survival rate reduces to 88% 10 years following treatment. The most common reason for such tooth loss is due to problems of endodontic origin related to the root canal itself, tooth or root fracture, or failure of the filling. Root canal treatment usually fails when the treatment is carried out inadequately. However, there are some cases in which the treatment has followed the highest standards yet still results in failure. In most cases, the endodontic failure results from persistent infection inside the canal or secondary intra-radicular infection which is infection from the surrounding gums and bones.
Myth number five: I can’t go to school or work after getting a root canal treatment.
Although you’re most likely to be numbed for 2-4 hours following the procedure, most patients are canurn to school or work directly following a root canal treatment. However, it’s advised against eating until the numbness is completely gone.
Myth number six: root canal treatment is very expensive and time-consuming.
The cost is varied depends on how complex the problem is and which tooth is affected. Molars are more difficult to treat and hence the fee is usually more. Generally, the endodontic treatment and the restoration of the natural tooth are less expensive than the alternative of having the tooth extracted. An extra tooth should be replaced with an implant, bridge, or even denture to restore the chewing function and prevent the adjacent teeth from drifting. These procedures tend to cause MORE than the endodontic treatment and appropriate restoration.
Do the facts above give you clarity on root canal treatment? If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.