Top Root Canal Myths

People have the tendency to cringe when they hear the word root canal.  Root Canals have gotten a bad rap, but the truth is there have been many major dental advancements over the years that change the way dental practices perform their procedures.  So I want to set the record straight, so the next time you hear you need a root canal you do not need to suffer for unnecessary anxiety.

Root Canals Are Painful
The ADA of Endodontists say that the root canals have the greatest perception of being painful.  This was true decades ago, however these procedures are performed much differently now.  Today we have much better anesthetics, which make the root canal no more painful than a filling.

Root Canals Make You Sick
Although this is a common belief there is no evidence to support the theory.  Actually research has shown just the opposite, there is evidence to support that there is no correlation between root canals and illness.

Crowns Cause Teeth to Need Root Canals
Crowns do not cause people get root canals.  If this does happen it would most likely be a result of  an abscessed tooth or decay that has gotten underneath the crown.

Root Canals Remove the Roots from the Teeth
This is not correct, when a root canal is performed the pulp is removed from inside the tooth.  The roots of the teeth remain intact.

You Cannot Have a Root Canal if Your Pregnant
Although this may be a common belief the truth is pregnant women can and do have root canals performed on a regular basis.  A small x-ray does need to be taken, however it is localized to the mouth and a lead apron is placed over the abdomen so no radiation reaches the fetus.

Root Canals Can Not Be Performed in One Visit
This may have been true in the past, but with the recent developments in dental technology a root canal is done all at once.

Even With A Root Canal, The Tooth Will Eventually Fall Out
The fact is that if you take care of your teeth, there is a good likelihood that the natural tooth will last the rest of your life.

After Having a Root Canal, Your Tooth is Completely Fixed
After you have a root canal  procedure performed it is important to make a follow up appointment with your dentist.  Once the pulp is removed from the tooth, it can become brittle.  You will need to have it permanently restored to help protect it from future fractures.

If You Need a Root Canal, You Will be in a Lot of Pain
If your tooth is throbbing you will definitely want to have it checked out.  However, there are plenty of situations where a root canal is needed where there are no painful symptoms.

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Should you get your wisdom teeth removed?

Many people wait until they feel pain in their mouth to get their wisdom teeth – also known as third molars – removed. However, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, waiting is not always the wisest choice. Even if your mouth doesn’t hurt, extensive damage can be occurring under the surface. People who wait longer often have more complicated procedures because the roots of the teeth grow longer and make removal more difficult. American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that 85 percent of people will eventually need their wisdom teeth removed and suggests that this is best done in young adulthood.

Removing the teeth by the time a patient is a young adult helps ensure optimal healing and reduces the chance for periodontal infections in the surrounding tissues. Wisdom teeth are removed while a patient is under anesthesia, so it is important to talk to an oral surgeon on your True Dental Discounts, dental plan about your options. He or she will describe the procedure and give you tips to make your recovery as smooth as possible.