Myths About Root Canals
Root canal treatment may leave you feeling anxious about your next dentist appointment, but advanced technology and treatment options can help put your mind at ease. The following are some of the most common myths surrounding this treatment approach, with information to help clear up confusion.
- I’m not in pain, I don’t need a root canal. Often, patients think that teeth need to hurt in order to require treatment. When the root becomes infected or otherwise damaged, the patient may actually not even know or feel significant discomfort. The dentist will test for sensitivity using various approaches to assess the current state.
- I will be in a lot of pain and have to take time off from work/school. Yet another misconception, endodontic therapy is quite similar to a standard procedure for treating cavities, with patients feeling little to no discomfort. Often conducted under local anesthesia, the treatment involves creating a small access in the tooth and then using special tools to clean out the roots before filling the roots with a medicated filling material. The access point is then filled, similar to a standard filling, and in many cases the tooth is crowned to protect it from damage. Most patients are able to return to work or school that same day, or the following day.
- Treatment will take a lot of time and cost a lot of money. Endodontic therapy is almost always covered by dental insurance, although the dental crown, if needed, may or may not be partially covered depending on the insurance provider and coverage plan of the patient. If treated early, the procedure can be quite simple and finished in a single visit; if not treated promptly, the procedure may require multiple visits and incur added costs.
A root canal is an effective, thorough treatment that can preserve the natural tooth. It’s a permanent treatment, and one that leads to significant improvement in overall oral health conditions.
For more information on treatment options and related dental myths, contact our team of specialists at Erickson Dental today!