When you need Root Canal Therapy
You’ll only need root canal therapy when a dental x-ray shows that your pulp has been damaged by bacterial infection.
Symptoms of a pulp infection might be:
These symptoms will begin to fade as the infection continues, as the pulp will be dying – your teeth will appear to have healed but really the infection has spread through the root canal system. After this, further symptoms will appear, including:
If you begin to experience toothache it’s vital you see your dentist, as your pulp won’t be able to heal from an infection by itself.
Myths about root canal therapy
Myth #1: Root canal treatment is painful
Reality: competent root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.
The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago, but now with modern technologies, the right training and appropriate anaesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.
In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as “painless” than patients who have not had root canal treatment.
Most patients see their dentist or endodontist when they have a severe toothache. The toothache can be caused by damaged tissues in the tooth. Root canal therapy removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.
Myth #2: Root canal treatment causes illness
Myth: Patients searching the internet for information on root canals may find sites claiming that teeth receiving root canal (endodontic) treatment contribute to the occurrence of illness and disease in the body. This claim is based on long-debunked and poorly designed research performed nearly a century ago by Dr Weston A. Price and more recently by Dr Mercola.
Reality: There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. Decades of research since the 1930’s have contradicted Dr Price’s findings and more recent research continues to support the safety of dental treatment as it relates to overall health. We have to remember that techniques and technologies have advanced exponentially since the time of Dr Price.
Reality: Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option.
Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth, as even an artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.
Endodontic treatment in the right hands also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.
Millions of healthy endodontically treated teeth serve patients all over the world, years and years after treatment. Those healthy teeth are helping patients chew efficiently, maintain the natural appearance of their smiles and enhance their enjoyment of life. Through endodontic treatment, endodontics and dentists worldwide enable patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.
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