Three Facts You Didn't Know About Root Canals

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
January 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

This common dental procedure has some lesser-known secrets of its own.

 While root canals have certainly been around a while, you may not know everything about this dental treatment. In fact, some of the root canalinformation you may have even heard over the years could just be an old myth. Here are some interesting and true facts about root canals from Dr. Michael J. Tisdelle of Charlottesville, VA:

  1. The procedure isn't painful: You've may have heard horror stories about root canal therapy, which have most likely made you a bit nervous about moving forward with the procedure. However, you can breathe a bit easier because you'll be happy to know that the majority of root canals are not painful. In fact, the procedure is usually no more in-depth or invasive than getting a tooth filled. Most patients that walk through our doors are experiencing a lot of pain from an infected or irritated tooth. The goal of root canal therapy is to remove the infected part of the tooth and immediately eliminate pain.

  2. A root canal doesn't kill the tooth: One of the goals of root canal therapy in our office is to save as much of your natural tooth as possible. However, sometimes if a patient waits too long to seek treatment, preserving the tooth is a little more challenging. Root canals never kill a tooth. It only cleans out the infection in the tooth to help it heal.

  3. Root canals are often successful: While nothing is as good as a natural tooth, root canal therapy with a dental crown replacement offers a high success rate. There may be instances of the tooth becoming infected years later; however, this is rare and can almost always be retreated.

Hopefully some of these facts helped dispel myths surrounding root canals and made you feel a bit more informed about the procedure. If it's time to schedule your next appointment in Charlottesville,VA, but you've been putting it off, call Dr. Michael J. Tisdelle today.