The Truth About Root Canals: Are They Really Necessary?

The Truth About Root Canals: Are They Really Necessary?

Root canals are one of the most commonly performed dental procedures, but there is a lot of misinformation out there about them. In this article, we will set the record straight and give you the facts about root canals.

A root canal is a procedure that is performed to save a tooth that has become infected or damaged. The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected tissue from inside the tooth, cleaning out the inside of the tooth, and then sealing it. 

There are several reasons why you might need a root canal, but the most common reason is that the tooth has become infected. The infection can be caused by bacteria, decay, or trauma to the tooth. If the infection is not treated, it can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious health problems. Additionally, an infected tooth can be very painful.

The benefits of a root canal are that it can save your tooth and help you avoid more serious health problems. It is also much less expensive to have a root canal than it is to have an extraction (have the tooth pulled). Additionally, it is usually possible to restore a root canal tooth so that it looks and functions just like a regular tooth. On the other hand, there are some risks associated with root canals, but they are generally very minor. The most common complication is that the root canal procedure fails and the tooth becomes infected again. 

Another risk is that the tooth may become discolored after a root canal. This is usually due to the fact that the inside of the tooth has been removed and there is no longer anything there to protect the tooth’s outer layer. However, this discoloration can usually be resolved with teeth whitening or other cosmetic dental procedures. 

Before having a root canal procedure, your dentist will likely give you specific instructions on what you should and shouldn’t do. There are a few things in particular that you should avoid doing before a root canal, especially if you are having pain. Avoid anything hot or cold. Hot beverages can cause the blood vessels in your teeth to expand and may make any existing pain worse. Cold drinks can have the same effect, but they can also cause your teeth to become more sensitive. Finally, don’t chew gum. Chewing gum can also put unnecessary pressure on your teeth, which can make any existing pain worse.

After you have had a root canal, it is important to take good care of your tooth. You should brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups. You may also need to have a crown placed on the tooth to protect it from further damage. If you take good care of your root canal tooth, it can last a lifetime.

So, are root canals really necessary? The answer is – it depends. If you have a tooth that’s severely decayed or infected, then the answer is yes, a root canal is definitely required to save the tooth. But if your tooth isn’t in bad shape and you’re experiencing some pain or discomfort, there are other options available to you before resorting to a root canal.  Our Doctors are the best to address all your concerns.  Contact our office today and we can help you figure out what treatment plan is best for you.