Myths About Root Canals

By: Dr. Hodan Rabile


You’ve been experiencing excruciating pain in your jaw for some time now.

You pop a painkiller, and voila, you’re good to go. But 6 hours later, as the effects of the painkiller die out, you feel that similar jab at your jaw again. And it continues for another week.

You book an appointment with your dentist and find out you need a root canal.

Ouch, that’s gonna hurt!

Not really. We’re busting some root canal myths!

Myth: Root Canal Causes Illness

Information claiming that this treatment is painful is nothing but false. In the present times when science has already presented us with cutting-edge dental technology, there is no reason why you should have any unnecessary pain or infection. The myth about having illness is caused by the report designed by Dr. Weston A. Price in the 1920s when technology was not so advanced, and to date, there is no evidence to support Dr. Price’s claim. Instead of leaving you with illness, root canals in fact remove the bacteria from the root of your teeth improving your oral health.

Myth: Root Canal Is a Painful Treatment

Root canals are designed to relieve pain. It is very rare for a root canal to be painful, although you are bound to have a little swelling or numb feeling. The pain is short-lived. The medications and sophisticated anesthetics used in this procedure eliminate all the pain within days.

Myth: Root Canal Is Only Temporary

Failure of root canals was only possible a century ago, not today. Science has taken leaps and bounds in dental procedures.

The possibility of having a successful root canal along with its longevity is good: 90%. So, similarly, while no one could tell if you would develop a problem later on, chances of such are low. A well-made crown, along with dental care at home and regular checkups, can assure your tooth will last you a lifetime!

If you would like to find out more about root canal treatments or think you may need one, contact us now and set up an appointment at Rabile Family Dentistry. Our team of professional dentists in Irving, TX offers the best family dentistry solutions in town. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, happy, natural smile.

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