Myth 1#: Root canals are painful
Myth #2: Root canals are expensive
Myth #3: Pain is immediately gone once you have a root canal
Myth #4: Root canals kill the tooth
Fact: A root canal removes the infection from the tooth, or repairs the tooth if it’s salvageable. The purpose is to save the tooth and do everything to support and keep the original tooth. The tooth itself is still alive.
Myth #5: You must take powerful painkillers after the root canal
Myth #6: An Extraction Is Better Than a Root Canal
Myth #7: Root Canals Require Multiple Visits
Myth #8: Teeth That Need a Root Canal Usually Need a Crown
Myth #9: You Only Need a Root Canal If You’re in Pain
Myth #10: A Failed Root Canal Means Extraction
Fact: Although the majority of root canals are successful, there is an off chance that your wasn’t. If this procedure happened years ago, and now it’s causing you pain, the dentist can retreat your tooth. Meaning, your dentist will clean and disinfect your tooth again. Sometimes a dentist may suggest another procedure, to remove part of the roots of the teeth. Historically, this has been a successful process as well.