Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain

rootpainMany people greatly fear having a root canal because they think it will be painful. When done correctly, you feel absolutely no pain with a root canal, and in fact the pain that likely brought you to this point will be eradicated.  Thanks for visiting us at Mt. Juliet and Cookeville Endodontics.

There are many misconceptions surrounding root canal (endodontic) treatment and whether patients experience root canal pain. The American Association of Endodontists wants you to have accurate information. As always, when considering any medical procedure, you should get as much information as you can about all of your options. Your dentist or endodontist can answer many of your questions, and if you still have concerns, it is often wise to seek a second opinion.

    • Myth #1—Root canal treatment is painful.
    • Myth #2—Root canal treatment causes illness.
    • Myth #3—A good alternative to root canal treatment is extraction (pulling the tooth).

Myth #1—Root canal treatment is painful.

Truth—Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago but with modern technologies and anesthetics, 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 treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.

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