Are you scared of getting a Root Canal Treatment (RCT) done ??
Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is a scary word and it can make you fearful if you are not familiar with the procedure. Firstly what is a root canal treatment? Inside every tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. Root Canal Treatment is required when this Pulp becomes inflamed or infected. In RCT, the infected or inflamed pulp is removed and is commonly replaced by inert material known as Gutta Percha after thorough cleaning of tooth.
There is common misconception that root canals, cause pain and/or illness and should be avoided at all costs. The exact opposite is true. The pain, inconvenience and cost of avoiding endodontic treatment in favor of tooth extraction or a wait-and-see approach can be easily avoided. The longer you postpone treatment the more you risk the chance to save your tooth.
When it comes to root canals, there are a lot of myths about the procedure. The common myths about root canals are as follows:
Myth 1: Root canal treatment is painful.
Decades ago that may have been the case, but with modern technology and anesthetics you won’t experience any more pain. The pain from a severe
toothache, often caused by damaged tissues in the tooth, can be easily remedied when a dentist removes the damaged tissue through root canal treatment. In addition, dentists are expert in pain management, and most cases can be treated quickly and comfortably.
Myth 2: Root canal treatment causes illness.
False, It was earlier believed that getting Root Canal Treatment done can make you ill. Information you may find on the Internet or elsewhere, claiming that if you receive a root canal treatment you’re more likely to become ill in the future is not true. This false claim was based on long-debunked and poorly designed research conducted nearly a century ago, long before modern medicine understood the causes of many diseases. There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to disease elsewhere in the body.
Myth 3: Tooth Extraction is better than having root canal treatment.
False, saving your natural teeth, if possible, is always the best option. If you ever have the option between Root Canal Treatment & Extraction, try to get Root Canal treatment done instead of extraction. Nothing artificial can replace the look or function of a natural tooth. No denture or implant will work exactly the same as natural tooth. Endodontic treatment has a high success rate and many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.
Now that you know the truth about root canals, you can make a proper decision when Consulting your dentist or Root Canal Specialist (i.e. Endodontist) about the best decision for your oral health.
American Association of Endodontists Celebrates Root Canal Awareness Week every year to educate people about the Root Canal Treatment procedure.
Dr. Nitish Singla BDS, MDS (Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics)
32 Sparklets Dental Implant & Root Canal Center