Debunking Root Canal Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

Tuesday February 27, 2024

When you visit your local Fort Worth, Texas dentist and are told that you need a root canal, chances are there is going to be a feeling of anxiety or maybe one of fear. This is especially true if you have never had a root canal but have only heard the untrue myths about how painful they are or how they can even be a threat to your health. The fact is that many false myths have been spread about root canals over the years, which Dr. Spencer Hoyt and the team at Fort Worth Dental Arts would like to dispel.

Myth 1: Root Canals Are Painful

One of the most prevalent misconceptions is that root canals are excruciatingly painful. The truth is modern dental techniques and anesthesia have made the procedure relatively pain-free. Root canals are performed to alleviate the pain caused by infected or damaged pulp within the tooth. The process itself aims at eliminating the source of discomfort, not causing it.

Myth 2: Root Canals Cause Illness

There is a lingering belief that root canals can lead to systemic health issues. This myth originated from outdated research that has been debunked over the years. Root canals are a safe and standard dental procedure, and no scientific evidence links them to diseases or other health complications.

Myth 3: Extraction Is Always Better Than a Root Canal

Some believe that extracting a tooth is preferable to undergoing a root canal. However, preserving natural teeth is crucial for maintaining proper oral function and preventing issues like shifting of adjacent teeth. Root canals are a conservative and effective means of saving a compromised tooth, contributing to long-term oral health.

Myth 4: Root Canals Cause Tooth Loss

Contrary to popular belief, root canals are designed to save teeth rather than lead to their loss. The procedure involves:

    • Removing infected or damaged pulp.

    • Cleaning the canal.

    • Sealing it to prevent further infection.

With proper care following a root canal, the treated tooth can last a lifetime, eliminating the need for extraction.

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Myth 5: Root Canals Are Only for Severe Pain

Root canals are not exclusively reserved for extreme cases of tooth pain. Sometimes, dental issues may not present noticeable symptoms, and routine check-ups can reveal underlying problems that warrant a root canal. Early intervention through root canal therapy can prevent the progression of dental issues and save the tooth.

Root Canals in Fort Worth, Texas

If you are in the Fort Worth, TX, area, you can count on Dr. Spencer Hoyt to perform safe and effective root canals. To reach Fort Worth Dental Arts, call (817) 529-1600.

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Dr. Spencer Hoyt

Dr. Spencer Hoyt obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and followed his Residency/ Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the world-renowned University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. He established Fort Worth Dental Arts in 2011 to see dentistry done differently as he was passionate about providing quality dental care to his community.

Dr. Hoyt is an active member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, CEREC Doctors, and Spear Education. He was voted Best Dentist' 2019, 2020, 2021 by Fort Worth Weekly.

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