Your dentist may recommend a root canal and you may be nervous about it. Understanding common root canal myths can help give you some peace of mind.
Myth 1: "A root canal is necessary if you suffer from tooth pain."
Tooth pain is often associated with a root canal, a common misconception. If you are experiencing tooth pain, there may be many reasons for it.
It is possible to experience toothaches due to cavities, cracked teeth, gum disease, and sinus pressure, for example. A trained professional can perform tests to rule out other issues before recommending root canals.
Many times early intervention can stop tooth pain before it progresses to a tooth infection and help you to avoid needing a root canal!
Myth 2: "There is pain associated with root canals."
Most of the time, your tooth can be fixed without experiencing any pain. A skilled dentist will minimize your discomfort during the procedure by using pain management techniques.
When you have a root canal, your dentist will remove the damaged part of the tooth and, as a consequence, you stop experiencing toothaches. A root canal will reduce the amount of pain you experience.
Myth 3: "Root canals are worse than pulling teeth."
Whenever possible, it is always better if you are able to save your natural tooth rather than extract it from your mouth. If a tooth undergoes a root canal treatment, it will still serve to improve your function and appearance.
More good news! Root canals require much less recovery time than extractions and dental implants. In addition, it poses no threat to adjacent teeth or supporting tissues.
Myth 4: "Illness is caused by root canals."
A root canal does not increase the risk of illness or disease based on scientific evidence.
In the early 1900s, flawed research gave rise to this myth, but has since been discredited. Root canals have stood up to rigorous study and are highly regarded for their ability to treat infection safely.
A Root Canal: What You Can Expect
Local anesthetics are administered first to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
A dental dam is very important and is used to isolate the infected tooth. The surgery location is thus protected from contamination by saliva or debris.
The tooth is prepared by your dentist or endodontist, and the decay and infected pulp inside the tooth are removed using a drill.
Cleansing and shaping are done to your teeth's roots and medications are placed inside the roots during the procedure and usually placed in the canal afterwards for a period of 1-2 weeks. A temporary filling is placed on the tooth at the end of the procedure. Before the permanent filling can be applied, you will need to heal.
After the tooth has healed and symptoms are resolved, you will have to remove the temporary filling and replace it with a permanent one to seal the tooth at your second appointment. This process also involves permanently filling and sealing the root channel at the same time.
The post-procedure phase
Some patients experience soreness after the anesthetic wears off. You can opt for over-the-counter pain medicine or ask your dentist for a prescription pain reliever.
The infection may require antibiotic treatment if it infection has spread beyond the root of the tooth. In the hours following your procedure, numbness is likely to persist for 2-4 hours. If you are experiencing any numbness, you should not eat until the symptoms have completely disappeared.
After the procedure, the tooth may be tender for the first few days, so you should eat softer foods and chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
Keep your oral hygiene habits as good as possible! A toothbrush should be used twice a day, and flossing should be done once a day.
Scottsdale, AZ Root Canal Surgery From McAdams Dental
Thousands of root canals have been performed successfully at McAdams Dental. During these procedures, we strive to minimize pain and discomfort. An infected tooth can be comfortably saved with a root canal.
Call McAdams Dental at (480) 991-4727 or go to our contact page to learn more about root canal surgery in Arizona.