In the vast sea of information on the internet, dental myths are plentiful. Despite the wealth of information available, separating fact from fiction can be challenging. This is particularly true for intimidating procedures like root canals. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have made these procedures far less daunting than they once were.

Let’s debunk some common myths about root canals:

Myth 1: Root canals are painful.
While this may have been true in the past, modern techniques and technology have made root canals quick and relatively painless. In fact, the discomfort caused by damaged tissue often exceeds any discomfort during the procedure itself.

Myth 2: Root canals can cause illness.
There was once a widespread belief that root canals could lead to illness or infection. However, this notion has been definitively debunked. In fact, studies have shown that root canals can actually lower your risk of certain illnesses. According to research published in JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, root canals can reduce the risk of certain cancers by up to 45%.

Myth 3: Extraction is a better option.
While some may believe that extracting a tooth is a simpler solution, preserving your natural teeth is always preferable. Tooth extraction can lead to a host of other issues, including shifting of surrounding teeth and potential future procedures. Root canal treatments have a high success rate, and with proper care, the treated tooth can last a lifetime.

Don’t let misinformation deter you from receiving the dental care you need. Contact Coastal Monmouth Dental Specialists, LLC today to schedule an appointment with Andrew R. Samuel DMD and get the facts about root canals. Your oral health is too important to be swayed by myths.

Coastal Monmouth Dental Specialists
Phone: (732) 531-4411
1300 State Route 35, Plaza 1 Ste 202
Ocean, NJ 07712

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