2 Root Canal Myths You Should Know About

September 15, 2023

Has your dentist recommended a root canal treatment for an injured or decayed tooth? If you’ve never experienced a root canal treatment, the thought of someone drilling to the pulp of your tooth might be nerve-racking.

If you need root canal treatment, consider James A. Penney. III, DDS, PA Endodontics. Dr. Penney has years of experience and a passion for this field of dentistry. We’ll help you understand what is going on inside your tooth, and make sure you know how we intend to treat it.

It doesn’t help that there are several myths about endodontic treatments circulating the internet that deter patients from seeking treatment.

Rest assured, modern dentistry has fully vetted endodontic treatments and continues to improve them every day. They are virtually painless and much better for your overall health than having the tooth removed and replaced.

Why You Should Save The Tooth

Where do Myths come From?

Unfortunately, when it comes to circulating information on the internet, the shocking usually out-shines the truth.

When it comes to your health, we want to apply everything modern dentistry has tested over and over again. The best practices stick around, while the dangerous ones are no longer provided.
Endodontic therapy has proven itself to be one of the best practices for your injured or decayed tooth. Saving your natural tooth is always better for your overall health than a replacement.

Myth 1: Root canals are painful.

A root canal is often used to end a patient’s pain, not add to it. Removing the nerves in the roots of your tooth is designed to end pain and sensitivity. While every patient’s situation is unique. Root canals have a growing reputation of being virtually painless. We will provide you with everything you’ll need for your recovery.

Myth 2: Root canals cause illness.

This myth started in the 1920s from a study that used poor research methods and incorrect data. It has since been disproved in many ways. The shock of the conclusion caused many patients to choose tooth removal over endodontic treatment.

Even though artificial teeth have made drastic improvement over the years, your natural tooth will always be more healthy for you than an artificial one.

What is more shocking: Discredited scientific experiments from the 1920s is still making rounds in the 21st century.