Myths about root canals have lasted since the previous century, many of the false claims rely on misinformation, outdated knowledge, or outright ignorance. Root canals are a common easy solution that dentists have known about and relied on for a very long time. It’s time to bust some of these myths once and for all.
Myth #1: Root Canals Hurt
Lots of people are under the impression that root canals are painful. However, root canals are no more painful than having a filling done. Dentists use many tools at their disposal to decrease the likelihood of pain, such as local anesthesia. Dentistry has evolved specific tools to make the procedure as painless as possible.
Myth #2: Root Canals Require Many Trips To The Dentist
It is very common to complete a root canal procedure in as little as one or two trips to the dentist. However; not all root canal procedures are as easily completed, here are some possible issues that may arise:
- The tooth is heavily infected.
- How difficult the root canal is.
- Whether or not you need a specialist.
- General dentists can perform root canals, but if it is a particularly difficult root canal, the patient may need to be referred to an endodontist. Endodontists are specially trained dentists that perform RCT on teeth that are especially challenging such as teeth with curled roots, teeth with very fine or difficult to locate canals and/or teeth that have already received RCT but require re-treatment.