1) Root Canals Hurt
- FACT-Most of the Root canal treatments are done under the effect of local anaesthesia. So, with modern technology, it is no more painful than just having a filling done. In fact, root canal treatment relieves your dental pain. At times when the pulp (blood vessels and nerve tissues) of the tooth is severely infected, root canal can be performed without local anaesthesia and mind you, it doesn’t pain at all!
2) Root Canal Treatment requires a lot of visits to the Dentist
- FACT-Most root canals can be done and dusted in one or two office visits.
3) Root Canal involves removing the roots of the tooth
- FACT-When the dentist performs root canal treatment, he or she removes the pulp from inside of the tooth. The roots are not removed. The tooth along with the roots remains intact in the mouth.
4) Even with a Root Canal done, the tooth will need extraction eventually
- FACT-If the tooth is properly treated and restored and the patient maintains good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) with regular dental visits, the root canal treated tooth could last for the rest of his or her life.
5) If the tooth doesn't hurt, there is no need for Root Canal
- FACT-A throbbing toothache usually needs root canal treatment. Many times, a tooth can require root canal treatment when there is no pain present. For e.g., tooth that has suffered from a hard blow in the past or a cracked tooth. In such situations, the pulp could be infected or damaged even in the absence of pain and root canal would be necessary to save the tooth.
6) Pulling the tooth is better than getting a Root Canal done
- FACT-Keeping your natural tooth for as long as possible is very important for proper functioning of all teeth. Once a tooth is extracted, replacing the missing tooth is very important to maintain overall oral health. There are several options available for replacing missing teeth. However, these alternatives can be tedious and much more expensive than saving natural tooth with root canal treatment.
7) After getting Root Canal Treatment done, tooth is completely restored
- FACT-After getting root canal treatment done in which the pulp of the tooth has been removed, a tooth can become very dry and brittle. So, it needs to be permanently restored with a crown to protect it from fracturing.
8) Pregnant women cant have Root Canal done
- FACT-Having to get a root canal done might require a small x-ray but the radiation exposure is minimal and it is aimed at the mouth and not the abdomen area. Be sure to let your dentist know beforehand if you are pregnant. He/she will then use a lead apron to cover your belly to protect the foetus from even minimal radiation exposure.