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Root Canal Myths

The thought of a root canal treatment may make some people feel queasy or nervous. Some may even forego the procedure because of fear of the pain that it supposedly produces. These beliefs are often outdated and unfounded.

Here are the common myths that give root canal treatments a “bad rap:”

Three Root Canal Myths

Myth #1: It is painful to get a root canal.

This may have been true in the past, but modern dental equipment and techniques have completely dispelled this belief. An endodontist can easily (and painlessly) remove damaged tissue in the mouth through root canal treatment. Endodontists are trained experts in pain management. Patients can discuss options in advance to better ensure a comfortable experience.

Myth #2: Treatments for root canals cause illnesses.

This myth stems from a poorly designed study conducted over 100 years ago. With today’s innovations and viable dentistry research, we know there is no connection between a root canal and contracted illnesses.

Myth #3: A tooth extraction is a better alternative.

A root canal is regarded as a better option than losing a tooth (or teeth). Dentures cannot replace the look and function of natural teeth. When there is little alternative, an endodontist will recommend root canal. It has a higher success rate than tooth extraction and last a lifetime, if properly maintained.

Three Root Canal Myths

When you have a dentist you trust, there is no need to fear a root canal. Simcoe Smile Dental provides great care and works hard to gain our patients’ trust. For a root canal consultation, please call us today at (289) 312-1482.

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