Fact Check: Debunking 4 Myths About Root Canal Treatment

October 25, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdevlin @ 4:45 pm
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The American Association of Endodontists recently conducted a survey where they discovered that 77% of adults between the ages of 55 and 64 would rather spend an hour in a room with 10 spiders than get a root canal. So, if you’re scared of this restorative dental treatment, you’re not alone. The sad thing is that the reputation is so bad that it causes many patients to forgo the essential care they need, which negatively impacts their oral and overall health. That’s why we’re debunking myths about root canal treatment right here!

Myth #1: Root Canals Hurt

Let’s start with the biggest misconception about root canals; that they hurt. The reality is that the entire procedure is virtually painless because the first step is always numbing the area around your tooth thoroughly. Even during the healing process, your dental team will give you detailed aftercare instructions to keep you comfortable at home too.

Myth #2: You Only Need a Root Canal If You’re in Pain

It’s true; dental pain is a common symptom of a severely damaged tooth. However, there are other warning signs that you need to keep an eye out for, including a pimple-like bump on your gums. This is especially important because if the infection progresses to the point where it “kills” the nerve of your tooth, you likely won’t feel anything at all!

Myth #3: Root Canals Make You Sick

This myth stems from research conducted by a dentist back in the 1920s. Although his study was poorly designed and his findings have been disproven on several occasions, the idea that “root canals make you sick” still persists. In reality, what can make you sick is forgoing the essential dental care you need!

Myth #4: A Tooth Extraction Is a Good Alternative to Root Canal Treatment

In the early stages, a decayed tooth can be restored with a dental filling or crown. At a certain point, that’s no longer an option, and root canal treatment or an extraction is necessary. However, the goal is always to save your natural teeth whenever possible, which is why extractions are only recommended when that’s no longer an option.

About the Doctor

Dr. Devlin’s studies began at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, but he has pursued advanced training and continuing education courses ever since. In fact, he’s associated with world-renowned institutions, including the Dawson Academy and the Pankey Institute. This allows him to stay abreast of the latest the field of dentistry has to offer and, in turn, ensures that his patients receive the absolute best care. If you have any questions for him about root canal treatment or you’d like to schedule your appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our website or by phone at (814) 238-3553.

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