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Common Myths About Root Canals

Posted on 12/10/2016 by Jonathan Woodyard
An elderly woman being prepared for a root canal.
Root canals are often something people worry about. They hear the name of the procedure and automatically assume it is going to hurt. The fact is, root canals are done to relieve pain.

If you need to have one done, it will leave you feeling better once it is done than before it was done. Here are a few common myths that people assume are true in terms of root canals.

Root Canals Are More Painful Than Extractions

This is a myth. Both procedures are going to cause some discomfort and both use anesthesia to make it painless at the time. However, an extraction is considered the most uncomfortable and harshest procedure one can do to the mouth. If you can avoid having an extraction, nearly 100% of the time you should do it. The only exception to that is when the tooth itself is dead or infected and it could hurt the rest of your mouth or your body.

Root Canals Should Only Be Used When You're in Pain

Many issues within the mouth cause no pain until they are severe. If you were lucky enough to have a big issue caught before it was causing you pain, a root canal can relieve that future discomfort before it even hits your mouth. That way, when your root canal heals, you are good to go!

You Will Only Be Pain-Free Temporarily Following a Root Canal

This is definitely a myth. Since the root of your tooth is removed, your tooth will not be in pain once the tooth has been capped and healed. The teeth around the problem tooth are going to be able to remain healthier because of the procedure, too, making the positive effects long term.

If you want to know more about root canals, contact our office!


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Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

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Paducah, KY 42001



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