There are many misconceptions surrounding root canal (endodontic) treatment and whether patients experience root canal pain. As always, when considering any medical procedure, you should get as much information as you can about all of your options. Your dentist or endodontist can answer many of your questions, and if you still have concerns, it is often wise to seek a second opinion.
- Myth #1—Root canal treatment is painful.
- Myth #2—A good alternative to root canal treatment is extraction (pulling the tooth).
Truth—Root Canal Treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.
The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago but with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.
Most patients see their dentist or endodontist when they have a severe toothache. The toothache can be caused by damaged tissues in the tooth. Root Canal Treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.
Truth—Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option.
Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option.
Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.
Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate when performed by an Endodontist.
Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.