Many people fear getting a root canal in White Plains, NY and Mt. Kisco, NY. Generally, it is because of its long-standing reputation as a highly painful procedure, but there are other perpetuating myths that lead patients to avoid this necessary procedure. Drs. Kolnick, Diamond, Hope, Chaudhry at Advanced Endodontics of Westchester strive to educate patients through busting the common myths regarding this dental procedure.
Myth 1: Treatment Leads to Illness
One of the biggest myths circulating the internet is that the bacteria trapped within the tooth gets released into the body after the procedure, contributing to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease or even cancer. However, this is largely based on inconsistent science and research from about 100 years ago. Recent scientific research has found no correlation between chronic illness and root canals.
Myth 2: The Procedure Is Painful
Many patients avoid a root canal due to the painful reputation of the treatment. Although it might have been painful in the past, modern procedures make it a relatively painless procedure. Between the latest techniques and anesthetics, the pain from the procedure is no more than that of other routine dental procedures, such as a cavity filling. You also end up with less pain, since the treatment removes pain you might experience from the damaged tissues in your tooth.
Myth 3: You Don’t Need Treatment If There Is No Pain
For most people, toothaches and other pain precede this procedure. However, it is not always the case. You might have damaged or dead tissue requiring treatment even if it does not cause pain. Removing the tissue prevents infection that could lead to more problems down the line. Your endodontist will perform tests in the tooth and tissue to determine whether or not a tooth is dead or dying and requires treatment.
To learn more about the myths surrounding root canals and how treatment helps you, contact us at our offices in White Plains, NY at (914) 750-4033 or Mt. Kisco, NY at (914) 750-4034 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Kolnick. Diamond, Hope or Chaudhry. They will examine your teeth to determine the right treatment for your situation.