Root canals have received a bad reputation in the past because many people associate them with pain. However, the notion that root canal treatment is painful is just another myth surrounding this helpful procedure that just isn't true.
There are actually several myths about root canal treatment that we're here to dispel today. Hopefully, knowing the truth about root canals will help our patients feel comfortable and at ease if they ever find themselves in need of this treatment.
Myth #1: Root Canals Are Painful
If you need a root canal in Fairfax, your tooth is likely infected, which can cause severe and unrelenting pain. The kind of pain that keeps you from sleeping at night and disrupts your concentration during the day.
This type of intense discomfort created the association with root canals being painful. But, the truth is that they actually relieve your discomfort by eliminating your tooth infection and preserving your natural tooth.
Myth #2: Pulling a Tooth Is Better Than Having Root Canal Treatment
Unfortunately, tooth infections don't resolve on their own without treatment. If your infection remains untreated, it will progress further and could result in you losing your tooth.
Many people think that losing a tooth is easier or less expensive than having a root canal, which preserves your natural tooth. The truth is that tooth loss causes multiple problems like neighboring teeth drifting and causing bite misalignment and bone loss due to the root loss. In addition, once you've lost a tooth, you'll need to think about replacing it to protect your dental health, which means that you'll have to consider something like a dental bridge or implant.
Root canal treatment removes the infected tissue from inside your tooth and saves it from extraction, which is always Dr. Hulver's primary goal for our patients.
Myth #3: Root Canals Require a Lot of Appointments
Contrary to what you might've heard, root canal treatment is not a long process. We can typically complete the procedure in one or two appointments.
Don't Live With Tooth Pain
If you or a loved one is suffering from a painful tooth, don't wait to contact Metropolitan Dental Centre. Dr. Caitlin Hulver and her team serve patients in Fairfax, Centreville, Blevinstown, Annandale, George Mason, Legato, Burke, and Belleair, VA.
We also offer a V.I.P. Smiles Program for patients who don't have dental insurance. Be sure to ask for details!