Root canals are a standard dental procedure used to treat damage to the inside of a tooth. Understanding the truth about the more common root canal myths is necessary for making informed decisions about your dental treatment options.
Myth: Root Canals Are Only Needed When A Patient Is Experiencing Pain
Pain is one of the leading indications a patient needs urgent dental treatment. However, there can be damage to a tooth that may kill the nerve.
Inflamed and bleeding gums, loose teeth, bad breath, and painful chewing are signs your gums are in need of dental intervention. Unfortunately, it is estimated that over 40% of adults over the age of 30 have some stage of gum disease and that number gets higher in those over 60 years old. If you notice any of these signs, talk with your dentist about periodontal disease treatment options. They will probably refer you to a periodontist where one of the following will happen.