You have probably heard people either in the media or your own group of friends describe a root canal as one of the most daunting dental procedures you could possibly get. There are a lot of myths out there about root canals, and many of them hinder people from getting a treatment they truly need. Here are some of the most persistent myths about the treatment and the actual truths about the procedure.

Myth #1: It is better to extract a tooth.

Root canals are necessary when the pulp inside a tooth has become infected and threatens to infect other oral structures. Some individuals believe it is simply better to get rid of the tooth entirely to stop the spread. However, it is always better to retain as many of your natural teeth as possible. Sometimes a tooth will be so badly infected that an extraction is the only option, but if a root canal is possible, then you should take it.

Myth #2: Illnesses are caused by root canals.

This myth is entirely unfounded. The belief is that bacteria from the infection could enter a patient’s bloodstream during an endodontic procedure. Our general dentist in Saratoga Springs, NY guarantees that the treatment is completely safe, and it is the best way to deal with tooth pulp infections.

Myth #3: Root canals are painful.

This is perhaps the most widespread myth. Many people believe that sitting in the dentist’s chair getting a root canal is one of the most painful things you can experience. That is simply not the case. You will be given an anesthetic before the procedure so that you do not feel a thing. In fact, getting the treatment will help alleviate any pain you are experiencing.

Call us immediately if your teeth hurt.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanley J. Lis and Dr. Joshua S. Bronner as soon as something feels out of the ordinary with your teeth or gums. You can contact our office at (518) 633-4446.