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5 Root Canal Myths

Root canal treatment and the myths about it

Are you planning for root canal treatment? If yes, then you have arrived in the right place. It is possible to gather helpful information on the Internet, but unreliable sources can lead to inaccurate information and poor decisions. At Alpha Dental, we aim to provide accurate information. We want our patients at ease when undergoing a certain procedure.   

Do you know? A root canal treatment is a general dental procedure with a high success rate, but it’s also one that many people feel anxious about due to misinformation.    

There are several common misconceptions about root canal therapy. Outlining the truth about root canals and debunking myths about this procedure may help answer some of your questions and better understanding of what endodontic treatment can accomplish. 

The top five myths you need to know:   

  • Root Canal Treatment is painful: Root canal therapy may be the most effective way to relieve tooth pain. The procedure is typically less painful than other common dental procedures. During the procedure, your dentist will use local anaesthesia to numb the pain. If you’re nervous about the procedure, your dentist may provide additional sedation options to help you relax. You may experience discomfort for a few days following your procedure, but you can manage the pain with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if the pain persists after a few days or if you experience other side effects.  
  • Root Canal Treatment causes illness: Over a century ago, doctors claimed root canals could cause heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. However, these claims are based on poorly designed research, and no valid scientific evidence links root canals to these illnesses. The myth that a root canal can cause these illnesses is not true, and avoiding a root canal because you’re worried about it means the infection could spread to your neighbouring teeth. This could lead to extractions if it’s left untreated. 
  • Root Canal Treatment is expensive: Root canal therapy is not prohibitively expensive. Although prices will vary depending on where your tooth is located, the cost of the crown, and the number of appointments required. Despite this, many people are eligible for financial assistance to help them cover the costs. This may include:
  • Health funds – Endodontics is considered a general dentistry treatment, so it is covered by most health insurance plans, including dental coverage.   
  • Medicare – The Australian Government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule covers root canal treatments for children (CDBS). This provides up to $1,000 in dental coverage for children aged 2 to 17 for two calendar years.  
  • Payment plans – if you’re not eligible for free root canal treatment, ask if your dentist offers flexible finance options that allow you to spread the cost over several instalments. 

Your dentist will let you know what finance options are available during your consultation.   

  • Tooth extraction is better than a Root canal: Dentists see root canals as a last resort; they always prefer to save a healthy tooth if possible and recommend root canals over extractions. However, extraction is necessary when a tooth is too damaged or decayed. Keep in mind that if you do lose a tooth, it can affect your bite and the alignment of your neighbouring teeth. If you’re looking at getting a dental implant, bridge or denture to replace the tooth, know that it’s a costly and complicated process that requires multiple appointments.  
  • I don’t need a root canal if I don’t feel pain: Severe toothache and sensitivity to hot and cold are the most common symptoms of a tooth infection, but people can have an infected tooth without showing any signs. Dentists may spot infection during a regular check-up or when examining your mouth for other problems. If they find an infection, they may recommend endodontic treatment as soon as possible so you can avoid unnecessary tooth pain.  

Need a Root Canal Treatment in Western Australia?   

If you think you might need root canal treatment or you just need a regular dental check-up, contact Alpha Dental. We are one of the most reputable dental clinics in Perth, and aim to provide the best service to our clients at a reasonable rate.   

To know more, visit us or drop an email at info@alphadentalgroup.com.au. We will be happy to assist you will all your concerns. 

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