Root canals – it might be hard to find any term in the English language more misunderstood than those two short words. As dentists, we know this misunderstanding all too well. We also know that millions of root canals are performed every year: safely, effectively and comfortably, and we want you to be informed in the medical decisions you make – including those related to your oral health.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there. You may even heard heard claims that root canal treatment teeth can make you sick, but these rumours are based on a nearly 100 year-old theory, and were discredited more than 50 years ago.
The fact is, there is no valid scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to other health problems. There is, however, plenty of evidence showing that leaving an infected tooth will cause adverse health problems.
Today, technologies such as digital imaging and microscopes help ensure successful root canal treatment.
Here’s how a root canal treatment works: first, your dentist will numb the tooth so that you won’t feel anything during the procedure. A small shield isolates the tooth, keeping it dry and clean. During the treatment, infection or inflammation of the root is removed and the canals are disinfected and sealed. The treated tooth is then protected by a filling or a crown. After the treatment, the tooth and bone around the root can begin the healing process, preventing bacteria in the mouth from affecting the surrounding bone.
It has been proved repeatedly that healthy teeth contribute to overall health and well-being. Root canal treatment, along with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, can save your tooth for a lifetime.
While the internet can be quite alarming, it’s important to know that millions of root canals are performed every year successfully and effectively, and they’ve never been shown to cause disease.
So let’s keep our focus on facts: like that fact that nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth. So saving your natural tooth should always be your first choice. With the right care, your smile can last a lifetime and that’s what our team at Clear Choice Dental aims to achieve for you.
To learn more about root canal treatment, visit our page on root canals by clicking here.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.