At Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT, we know that root canals have a somewhat infamous reputation in dentistry. Movies, media, and even every-day sayings haven’t helped in this regard. How often have you heard someone describe a negative experience by saying they’d rather have a root canal?
Like tooth extractions and other admittedly invasive dental procedures, the common fear of root canals does have somewhat of a basis in reality. But it’s a past reality.
In the early days of dentistry, root canals were administered with little-to-no anesthetic and, due to the lack of sanitizing procedures, were just as liable to work as they were to get re-infected. With the advent of modern dental techniques like sedation and gentle, thorough dental cleanings of the tooth root, endodontic treatment has become as mainstream, safe, and comfortable as any routine dental procedure.
On the other hand, the risk you take when ignoring tooth pain or an infection is – and always has been – far greater than any discomfort you might experience while in the dental chair. Infections and abscesses can cause:
- Tooth pain
- Jaw pain
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Infection of nearby teeth
- Tooth loss
- Smile misalignment
Poor dental health has also been linked with more serious conditions, like heart disease. So, it’s time to put the myth of the painful root canal to rest. Let’s leave it in the past, where it belongs. Instead, visit Cascade Endodontics in Orem UT for root canal treatment. Contact us today!