Busting the Myths Surrounding Root Canal Treatment
Posted on 1/11/2021 by OM
Root canal is one of the most effective ways to restore a severely damaged tooth and preserve oral health. However, there are several myths surrounding the surgery that prevents people from seeking the treatment at the right time.
At Bryan Hill, DDS, Dr. Bryan Hill and have busted some of the myths surrounding root canal.
Root Canal Causes Breast Cancer
There have been claims that a large number of patients who had root canal surgery developed cancers in the same side of the body that underwent the surgery. However, these claims are baseless, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
In fact, this rumor began as a result of a poorly done researched in the last century that claimed that bacteria left in the mouth after a root canal treatment can travel to other parts of the body and cause cancer. However, several studies have shown this is not true and root canal treatments are very safe.
[[[H2:Tooth Extractions are Better than Root Canals Procedures]] Many people believe that it is better to have your tooth removed than to undergo a root canal procedure. It is our top-most priority to save a tooth where we can and although there are cases that call for an extraction, if the tooth can be saved, root canal is the best option for restoring it.
On the other hand, removing tooth unnecessarily can result in bone loss in the jaw and misalignment of remaining teeth that may cause complications if you require restorations in the future.
Root Canals are Very Painful
People who have had root canal procedures decades ago may associate this surgery with pain. However, today's anesthesia and surgical procedures are better than ever and cause you no more discomfort than having your tooth filled.
In fact, root canal procedure is done to alleviate the substantial amount of pain that people feel because of an infected and abcessed tooth.
Root Canals Cause Alzheimer's Disease
Some people think that root canals can cause Alzheimer's disease in patients. Moreover, the disease can spread to other people who use contaminated equipment.
Such a claim has no basis in science as Alzheimer's disease in not contagious. In addition, Dr. Bryan Hill and take the utmost care in sterilizing their equipment and properly discarding single-use tools that are used to clean your tooth.
If you are recommended a root canal procedure, there is no need to worry. Root canal treatment is the safest and most effective way to treat your tooth. If you have any concerns or questions about the procedure, you can talk to Dr. Bryan Hill and by calling at (509) 505-6303 today.
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