Fact or Myth: Root Canals Are Painful
While a root canal is not inherently painful, it is still done with anesthesia. However, most people notice upon the completion of the procedure that the pain they had beforehand is gone. Usually a root canal is done to alleviate pain, from a cavity or infection most times. A root canal isn’t going to leave you in worse pain, it is going to alleviate the pain you have now.
Fact or Myth: Extracting the Tooth is Better Than a Root Canal
This is pure myth. An extraction is incredibly traumatic for your mouth. It can hurt your sore tooth, the surrounding teeth, the gums, the socket, and even the jawbone itself. By having a root canal, you get the infection out, without any potential damage to those surrounding tissues.
Getting a root canal is a great way to save your tooth. It isn’t the bad procedure that everyone seems to think it is. Your dentist can walk you through the procedure ahead of time, so you know what to expect. However, don’t decide that it is going to be awful before that even begins. You will feel better once you have the procedure done, and your tooth can then be spared to remain functional in your mouth. That way, the overall great oral health you have now, is how it can remain. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (503) 968-6101.