Do you know what a root canal is or what it’s for? Like a lot of people, you may not know how essential they are for preserving a tooth that is severely decayed! at Marineland Dental Care we hear a lot of questions about root canals and most of them are just questions about rumors people have heard!
It’s unfortunate that so much misunderstanding has sprung up around this important and tooth-saving procedure. We want to try clearing the air about root canals – no one needs to be under a false impression if they need to have one done!
What Is A Root Canal?
When tooth decay goes deep into a tooth it can reach the dental pulp: that’s the stuff at the core of your tooth where blood vessels and nerves live. If decay reaches the pulp you’ll probably start experiencing a serious toothache and possibly swelling and infection!
A root canal uses super-fine instruments to remove the infected dental pulp and completely clear out the center of your tooth. Once that is done we fill the empty tooth with a rubber-like material and restore your tooth with a crown.
Now that you know what a root canal really is let’s dig into those myths!
Myth #1: Root Canals Cause Illnesses Like Cancer
This rumor goes all the way back to the early 20th century. Dr. Weston Price thought that root canaled teeth always maintained an element of infection and that it was possible to experience illness well after your tooth was cleared of infection. He called it the “focal infection theory” and believed that he could even extract a tooth, surgically implant it into an animal, and see the exact same illness in the poor lab rabbit.
By the early 1950s focal infection theory was widely considered to be completely wrong. Since that time there has been no valid scientific link between root canals and diseases, so don’t worry! A root canal performed at our Kennewick dentist office will clear you of infection and protect your oral and overall health!
Myth #2: Root Canals Are Painful!
While it isn’t always the case, root canals are generally performed when you’re already noticing some serious pain. Think back to another dental procedure you’ve had done: did your dentist forget to numb your mouth before he started? If not then you won’t feel any pain from a root canal either!
We take cares to not only locally anesthetize the area but we’ll also offer you any sedation options you may want. We’ll make your root canal experience completely painless!
People confuse the idea of root canal procedure pain with the discomfort felt from the infection and the mild discomfort you may experience after the procedure. With the infected tissue gone and your tooth safely protected by a crown you’ll feel much better than you did before!
Myth #3: It’s Easier To Pull The Tooth
When it comes to good dental care it’s never better to extract a tooth! Extraction can be done in the rare situation where a tooth can’t be saved but we always want to preserve your natural teeth. Nothing can substitute for the real thing!
A root canal usually requires a crown to protect the healthy part of your tooth left after the procedure but your roots are just as strong and resilient as ever! The roots of your teeth do a lot to preserve the bone in your jaw and each tooth helps keep the others in place as well. Because of the importance of each individual tooth we could never justify pulling a tooth that just needs a root canal!
Don’t Fear The Root Canal!
There are other rumors that show up from time to time, but those three are some of the most common ones that we hear at our Kennewick dentist office. If you’re suffering from tooth decay of any kind you shouldn’t leave it to chance – that’s a sure fire way to end up spending time and money fixing teeth that could have stayed healthy!
If you’re concerned about pain or visual signs of tooth decay call us today! You can reach Marineland Dental Care by phone at 509-591-0515 or you can request an appointment right here online! We look forward to seeing you soon!