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Myths About Root Canal Pain

Myths About Root Canal Pain

Endodontics in GlendaleAs with all other medical or dental procedures, there are many myths about root canal pain that are making their rounds within the general public. Most of these ideas, however, are preconceived by people who do not have enough facts about the procedure, and are mostly going on about it in a manner that lacks accurate information and proper guidance. Dr. Edwin Babadjanian wants his patients to be knowledgeable of the truth behind the myths about root canal pain, and would like to share this information to dispel any misconceptions about the procedure.First, root canals are not a source of pain. On the contrary, root canals relieve pain. The primary objective of getting a root canal is to remove the main source of the patient’s pain, which is the infected or inflamed pulp inside the tooth. Once this has been done and the tooth has been restored to its full functionality, the patient experiences in the absence of pain and can go back to living a normal life, free from the discomfort of a painful tooth.

Another myth about root canal pain is the misconception that getting the procedure will cause a progression into other types of illnesses or diseases. This idea is a product of unfounded research in the 1920s when it was believed that the bacteria causing the infection to the pulp of that you could “leak out” and cause infection in other parts of the body. Medical and dental science has since established that there is no rational scientific evidence that shows that root canals performed on the teeth propagate illness in other parts of the patient’s body. The mouth is naturally teeming with bacteria, and but this does not equate to the mouth being “infected” with disease. Root canal therapy aims to eliminate, not disseminate, the bacterial infection in an infected tooth in an attempt to save the tooth from extraction.

Which brings us to one other myth about root canal, suggesting that it is better to extract the tooth rather then get root canal therapy for it. Remember, when it comes to teeth, it is always better to find ways to save the them rather than to undergo extraction and risk further drawbacks because of gum exposure, loss of bone density, teeth drifting and migration, and other problems associated with missing teeth. A tooth that has undergone endodontic therapy is expected to last as long as natural teeth do, on the other hand, pulling out your teeth and replacing them with dentures or implants or dental bridges, does not give you this same assurance. These restorations, although they have been found to be effective in managing tooth loss, are no comparison to having your natural teeth intact and free from infection and pain. Every patient must keep one important thing in mind the next time they are trying to choose between root canal therapy and tooth extraction- artificial has never once trumped natural in everything, including and most especially our teeth.

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