Getting to the root of some common misperceptions about endodontic treatment.

If you’ve never had a root canal, chances are you’ve heard stories. That they’re painful. That they can lead to further complications. That it’s easier to just have a tooth pulled.

Let’s look at these myths one by one.

Myth One: Root canals are painful.

At Premier Endodontics of Long Island, we use the latest technologies, techniques and anesthetics to treat you. Before we begin, we will talk to you about your tolerance for discomfort, and come up with a custom treatment plan.

The result is that most patients report their root canal procedure is no worse than getting a regular filling. A recent national survey showed that patients who have had a root canal are six times more likely to report it as “painless” than people who have never had a root canal.

If you require a root canal, the odds are you are already suffering pain. Your root canal surgery will eliminate the source of this pain, and enable you to resume a normal life within a few days.

Remember, at Premier your comfort and safety are always our highest priority. We will do everything we can to make your procedure go smoothly. And we will be glad to answer all your questions. You can see our page on root canals to learn more about what to expect.

Myth Two: Root Canals can cause illness and other complications.

You may have heard that having a root canal traps bacteria in the teeth, leading to a number of diseases, including arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease and other illnesses.

The fact is that there are always bacteria in our mouths, and this does not mean our mouths are infected. In fact, the whole point of a root canal is to remove damaged or infected tissue and prevent it from spreading into surrounding areas.

The idea that root canals can cause infection is based on outdated research conducted in the early 1900s. Numerous subsequent studies have shown that the benefits of endodontic work far outweigh any risk.

Of course, if you have any concerns about a procedure, or have an preexisting medical condition you feel we should be aware of, we will be happy to discuss it with you and your dentist or physician.

Myth Three: Pulling the tooth is a good alternative to a root canal.

The simple answer: no.

A more detailed answer is that saving your natural teeth is always the best option. Nothing else works as well, or has as high a success rate.

Pulling a tooth requires replacement with a bridge or implant. This requires much more time and expense, and it may be necessary to perform procedures on other teeth and supporting tissues. Additionally, bridges and implants will never work as well as your own teeth, which may cause you to change your diet and miss out on valuable nutrients, not to mention giving up some of your favorite foods.

In cases where it is impossible to save a tooth, the team at Premier will usually place an implant. We will always conduct a thorough examination and discuss treatment options with you and your dentist before making a final decision.

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