Dental anxiety is a common issue for many people, and one of their biggest fears is centered around root canals. There's even a popular saying about doing something boring, arduous or difficult - "I'd rather have a root canal" - as if to highlight how awful the task must be. There are so many myths and misunderstandings about this dental procedure that the dentists at Abington Dental Arts - Dr. Amy Cravath, Dr. Jeffrey Bell and Dr. Dale Collins - in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania want to address the facts with their patients here.
Myth #1: Root canals are painful.
Like all dental procedures of centuries past, very little was done to minimize pain because the technology simply didn't exist. Patients had to "grin and bear it!" Thankfully, dental procedures have evolved over many years of research and development to become relatively painless through the use of anesthesia. Root canals, however, still have this stigma attached to them, and a recent study found that it persists from people who have never actually had one. The truth is that root canals at Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit are typically no more tedious or uncomfortable than a standard cavity filling.
Myth #2: Root canals lead to cancer.
This myth recently swept through the online community, claiming that a large number of cancer patients - as many as 97 percent - had gone through root canals at some point in their life, suggesting a causative link. While this theory was pursued in the early 1900's, its validity was debunked in the 1950's; with the extensive dental research that has been conducted since that time, there has been no evidence that suggests root canals are responsible for cancer or any other disease in the body. In fact, a study in 2013 found that people who had experienced multiple root canals actually had their risk for cancer lowered by as much as 45 percent.
Our dental staff prides ourselves on tailoring each patient's experience to be as comfortable as possible, so talk with one of our Clarks Summit dentists about your options for anesthesia and anxiety. Call us today to set up a consultation about root canals or any other dental procedures you think you might need.