Debunking the Common Folklore about Root Canals Myths

Is there anything more feared in the realm of dentistry than a root canal? Stories of the procedure’s pain and frustrations seem to swirl. Many people base a whole phobia of dentists on what they have heard about someone else’s root canal procedure. Modern dentists can use new technologies that differ greatly from the painful experiences of the past. Some persistent root canal myths are simply not valid in the light of how root canals are performed today. Let’s address some common root canal concerns.
The first of the root canal myths is that the procedure is painful. Root canals are performed because the nerve (pulp) of your tooth becomes infected. Though the infection requiring a root canal is not always painful, it often causes excruciating tooth pain. A root canal can actually alleviate this pain by cleaning out the canals. The procedure used to be painful, but modern technology developments have transformed the way it is done, eliminating highly painful techniques.
The second myth surrounding root canals is that you have to be in pain before you need a root canal. This is simply not true. Some people do experience pain in the whole process of nerve death within the tooth.
The third of the most common root canal myths is that root canals take several visits and a patient will be in and out of the dentist’s office all the time. With modern technology, root canals take only one to two visits to complete. Some of the confusion is because after the root canal, the tooth has to be restored in order for the patient to have full use of it. This may include the placement of a crown or other tooth restoration. Visits for the tooth restoration are not part of the root canal process.
The fourth of the root canal myths is that root canals don’t last long. This myth has been perpetuated by stories of people who have had root canals, and then the tooth breaks not too long afterwards. The problem here is not an ineffective root canal procedure but a faulty tooth restoration. The nature of the root canal process stops blood from flowing to the inner part of the tooth, making it brittle and prone to breaking. The placement of a crown can prevent this by protecting the tooth during biting and grinding of the teeth.
A great dentist like Dr. Hazim is very proficient at performing pain-free effective tooth restoration. Give us a call today.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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