Inside teeth are hollowed chambers called root canals. This area of teeth houses dental pulp and nerve endings. When root canals become infected, a patient will likely need root canal therapy to protect his or her oral health.
Myths abound when it comes to public awareness of infected root canals and root canal treatment. Here we dispel three common myths about root canals to help you safeguard your wellbeing.
Myth: Home Remedies Work for Infected Root Canals
The internet is filled with all kinds of pseudoscientific and downright dangerous content when it comes to medical and dental care. One pervasive myth that makes the rounds on social media platforms and websites is the notion that an infected root canal can be treated with home remedies. While there are steps a person with an infected tooth can take to increase his or her comfort, there is no substitute for professional, evidence-based treatment.
Root canal treatment is a tooth-saving procedure that can restore oral function, alleviate discomfort, and prevent the loss of a tooth.
Myth: Root Canal Therapy is Only Necessary When One Has a Toothache
While toothaches help alert patients to problems with their teeth, the presence of a toothache isn’t necessary for one to need a root canal. It’s also important to note that a toothache subsiding doesn’t mean that a tooth healed itself. The presence of pain isn’t always the best indicator for the health of a tooth.
If your dentist recommends root canal therapy, it is based on the results of physical examinations and diagnostic images.
Myth: Root Canal Treatment is Painful
Root canal treatment has an unfair reputation for being painful. While an infected root canal is painful, most patients report that receiving root canal treatment isn’t much different from receiving a filling. We take a gentle approach to dental treatment. Our team utilizes local anesthetic and nitrous oxide to maintain patient comfort.
If you’re suffering with tooth pain or root canal therapy has been recommended, call DeSanti Family Dentistry to reserve an appointment.