The relationship between our teeth and overall good health is indisputable. Endodontics plays an important role in maintaining oral health by eliminating infection, pain, and by preserving our natural teeth.
While ADA and AAE are reliable resources, patients sometimes arrive in our office with misinformation gathered from other, less reputable, online sources. Remarkably, most of the time the misinformation patients site actually originates from a poorly reviewed study dating back to the early 1900’s. Since then, numerous studies and research have debunked antiquated theories and proven the safety and efficacy of root canal therapy.
ROOT CANAL MYTHS
There are several misconceptions surrounding root canal therapy. At Tyler Endodontics, we want our patients to have accurate information when considering this procedure.
Truth: Root canal therapy doesn’t cause pain, it actually relieves it.
The reputation of root canals being painful started many decades ago before modern technologies and anesthetics were introduced. Root canal treatment today is about like having a filling placed.
Most patients see their dentist or endodontist when they have a severe toothache. The toothache is typically caused by damaged tissues inside the tooth. Root canal therapy removes the damaged tissue from the tooth, and as a result, relieves the pain.
Truth: There is no valid, scientific evidence connecting root canal-treated teeth and disease in the body.
Patients searching the Internet for information on root canals may find sites claiming that teeth that have received root canal treatment could contribute to the occurrence of illness or disease in the body.
This false claim is based on long-debunked and poorly designed research performed about 100 years ago, before medicine understood the underling causes of many diseases.
Root canal therapy is a safe and effective procedure. When a severe infection in a tooth requires endodontic therapy, that treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth.
Truth: Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the best option.
Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain proper nutrition.
Endodontic therapy, combined with an appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp. It is less expensive and requires less treatment time than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.