Root canals get a bad rap. The expression,“I’d rather get a root canal than to…” is often used to describe how much someone wants to get out of doing what they don’t like. But here’s what you need to know.
A root canal is performed when there is decay or infection in a tooth. In order to save the tooth, the tooth’s nerve and pulp are removed.
Don’t we need the nerve and pulp?
Once the tooth has emerged from the gums, we actually don’t need the nerve or pulp. The tooth can perform its functions without them.
What would happen if I didn’t have a root canal?
If your tooth is infected or found to have decay, the infection and decay will spread causing widespread swelling, pain and would eventually lead to more serious complications.
Let’s dispel a few myths about root canals.
From the expression we mentioned before you’d be led to believe that root canals are painful. This is a myth and anyone receiving treatment from a professional dentist or endodontist will use the best tools to anesthetize the area to make sure you have no pain.
You may have heard that pulling the tooth instead is better for your health. Whenever possible, you want to keep the teeth you have. As good as the cosmetic dentistry is, nothing replaces what nature has made. Root canals will save your tooth and keep you healthy by removing what has become infected.
If you ever have discomfort and want to talk to someone about what may be the cause and possible treatments, we recommend you see your dentist right away.
Dr. Mike Mavrostomos is a passionate and top-quality comprehensive care dentist located in Bedminster, New Jersey. His continual pursuit of education and state-of-the-art dentistry has led to his being recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists by the New Jersey Top-Docs committee.