Root Canals Awareness Week 2016!

Scott News Update

As we look towards the end of March, we approach National Root Canal Awareness Week (March 27-April 2)! While this may sound like the least appealing awareness week of all time, we’re here to assure you that root canals are not as bad as the reputation as associated with them. In this post, we’ll analyze some common misconceptions around the treatments, as well as symptoms and other pertinent information.

Myths about Root Canal:

  • They are extremely painful. Most people flinch at the mere mention of a root canal. However, with modern advancements in technology and dental research, the treatments are virtually painless in this day and age. Also, the entire reason behind getting one is to remove the pain that’s irritating you in the first place!
  • Extraction is a safer route than a root canal. If possible, it is always advisable to save a tooth rather than opt for total extraction for a few reasons. For starters, the space left by an extracted tooth can lead to misalignment if not done properly. Additionally, while prosthetic teeth are a modern option, they can be pricy and function differently than a natural tooth.
  • If you’re not in pain, you don’t need a root canal. An infected tooth will not heal itself, and it’s best to get it dealt with as soon as possible upon diagnoses. There’s no need to wait for the tooth to cause irritation to seek out treatment.

A root canal is necessary when an infection has reached the pulp of a tooth. During a procedure, the affected pulp will be removed and the area cleaned thoroughly, then replaced with a cap or a crown. Check out this helpful .pdf from AAE.org for more: http://www.aae.org/uploadedfiles/about_aae/news_room/root_canal_awareness_week/rcaw2016poster.pdf. If you think you may have an infection or are in need of a root canal, give us a call to schedule an appointment with your specialist.