The Truth About Popular Root Canal Myths
A root canal is a procedure we use to try to save a tooth that has decayed or become infected. We remove the pulp and nerve of your tooth, then seal the area to prevent an abscess.
At Galleria of Smiles in Tulsa, OK, we believe it is possible to have a pleasant root canal experience. You’re in good hands with Dr. M. Emami, Dr. Justin Emami, and our experienced and friendly staff.
Signs that you might be in need of a root canal include:
- Severe toothache
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Tooth sensitivity
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms and we determine that a root canal is necessary, we will make sure you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process. That begins with debunking popular myths about root canals.
Myth: Root Canals Are Painful
Perhaps the biggest myth about root canals is that they’re painful. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology and our many comfort options, the procedure is practically painless.
In fact, the procedure itself should relieve your pain, given that a root canal is performed because of a tooth that is causing you pain or discomfort.
At Galleria of Smiles, we offer the following options to help make you as comfortable as possible when you come to see us for a root canal:
- Blankets and headphones
- Nitrous oxide
- Oral sedation
- IV sedation
Myth: You Should Pull The Tooth Instead Of Getting A Root Canal
Our professional staff at Galleria of Smiles, as well as knowledgeable dentists all over, agree that if it’s possible to save your natural teeth, that’s the best option. If we decide a root canal is the best option for you, it’s because we want to save your natural tooth.
Root canal-treated teeth have the ability to last a lifetime so if you can save the tooth, please do so.
Myth: Root Canals Cause More Serious Health Problems
According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), one of the most common myths about root canals is that they can cause serious illnesses like cancer, arthritis, and heart and kidney conditions.
Simply put, a root canal fixes a problem. It doesn’t cause more problems.
As explained on the AAE website, this myth gained popularity because of poorly designed and since-debunked research close to 100 years ago. That means this false information was spread before modern medicine explained the causes of a lot of diseases we fear today.
There is no true, scientific evidence that links root canals to disease in other parts of your body.
Root Canal Procedure: What To Expect
When you come in, we’ll take an X-ray to get a better look at your infected tooth and the surrounding area. Then, we’ll use anesthesia if necessary to make sure you’re completely comfortable.
One of our experienced staff will then:
- Get to the inside of your tooth
- Remove the nerve
- Remove the infected pulp
- Use special material to fill your tooth
- Seal the tooth with a dental crown to prevent infection
Afterward, you should feel relief from the pain you were experiencing before. You may experience some discomfort or sensitivity that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. In most cases, you can get right back to your normal activities the very next day.
Moving forward, you should brush and floss your teeth like normal to maintain your oral health and prevent more infections. Be sure to keep up with regular teeth cleanings and checkups with your dentist.
Kiss Your Pain Goodbye With A Root Canal
If you’re ready to find relief from your toothache and other nagging symptoms, we can help. You’re in good hands at Galleria of Smiles. Drs. Emami and Emami and our experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly staff work hard to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible and well taken care of.
A root canal can be a nerve-racking experience but thanks to our staff and available comfort options, you can feel more at ease. Call our Tulsa, OK office at (918) 999-0142 or fill out our online form.