If you were recently informed that you need root canal treatment in Wisconsin, chances are that when you left your dentist’s office, you immediately began researching the Internet for information on this well-known but highly misunderstood dental procedure.
The Internet can be a great place to compile helpful information, but it is also inundated by unreliable sources and dangerously inaccurate information that can lead unknowing online researchers astray.
The following are common myths and misinformation about root canal treatment in Wisconsin that are widespread online. While finding out you are in need of a root canal can be scary, the more you know about this tooth-saving procedure and what it can do for your toothache and oral health, the calmer and more confident you will feel when you return to the dentist’s chair.
Myth #1: You only need a root canal if you are experiencing tooth pain. Sometimes teeth that have died no longer cause pain and need to have a root canal in order to avoid becoming infected. We have several tests, including temperature testing and percussion testing, that allow us to know when a tooth has died and requires a root canal.
Myth #2: Root canal treatment in Wisconsin is painful. A root canal relieves tooth pain associated with advanced and destructive decay that has extended to the root of a tooth and caused infection. With the use of cutting-edge dental technology, along with anesthetics and sedation dentistry, having a root canal feels similar to receiving a filling and can be just as painless.
Myth #3: Root canals cause illness. It’s difficult to avoid this myth if you are researching root canals online. This myth is based on poorly designed and long-since discredited research that took place almost an entire century ago! In the 1920s, Dr. Weston A. Price was responsible for circulating the results of this study and using them to promote extractions, which is one of the most traumatic treatments available. There is no valid scientific evidence supporting Dr. Price’s research to date. Not only are root canals safe and effective, they eliminate bacteria from the infected roots of teeth, improving both your oral and overall health.
Myth #4: The benefits of root canal treatment in Wisconsin are temporary.
Root canal results are long-lasting. They relieve patients’ toothaches and preserve the affected tooth indefinitely. The final restoration or crown is the key to successful results. A well-made and well-fit crown combined with good at-home oral health practices and routine visits to the dentist can ensure that your tooth lasts a lifetime.
Myth #5: Tooth extraction is a good alternative to root canals. An extraction is a traumatic procedure that actually allows more bad bacteria to be presented into the bloodstream. There is no adequate replacement for a natural tooth. A root canal with a good restoration is not only cost-effective, it allows you to keep your natural tooth. Bridges, implants, and other replacement alternatives require additional treatments, more time in the chair, and elevated cost.
If you would like to find out more about root canal treatments in Wisconsin or think you may need one, call our office today to schedule a consultation. We are looking forward to meeting you and your family and debunking any myths you may have heard!