5 Misconceptions About Endodontics
Generally speaking, patients are referred to endodontists to receive specialized treatment. While this may conjure up scary thoughts, it’s also important to understand that visiting the endodontist is completely safe and pain-free. In this blog, we’ll look at some common misconceptions that first-time patients may have about visiting the endodontist!
1. Endodontists are similar to my dentist!
Endodontists are quite different than your family dentist. This is because endodontists are highly skilled dental specialists in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatment. In fact, endodontists have two to three additional years of education after completing four years of dental school. This specialization allows the highest level of care possible, given that the endodontist can focus their practice in one specific area of dentistry. For example, endodontists can complete 25 root canal treatments per week on average, compared to the family dentist who may only perform around 2 per week.
2. The treatment will be painful!
York Hill Endodontics uses the latest technology to ensure your visit is both efficient and comfortable. The endodontists at York Hill Endodontics use a high magnification operating microscope and 3D (CBCT) X-rays as needed to ensure the most precise and accurate treatment. Profound local anaesthesia will be provided in all cases, and there are additional sedation options available for anxious patients.
3. Recovery time will take weeks!
Visiting an endodontist doesn’t need to be a full-day event. In fact, many patients are surprised to learn that the recovery times of endodontic procedures are quite quick. While it is recommended for patients to avoid strenuous activity immediately after a root canal, they can go on with everyday activities. In fact, it’s not uncommon for patients to go straight to work after seeing us for treatment first thing in the morning. With that being said, patients should consider resting after any treatment to hasten the recovery process!
4. A root canal will make my tooth “dead”!
The reality is that only sensory nerves (part of the pulp tissues) are removed during the root canal process. The removed nerves merely affect how you feel heat or cold in that particular tooth. However, the periodontal ligament and supporting tissues around the tooth remain very much “alive,” allowing the tooth to retain its function and longevity.
5. Seeing an endodontist is a temporary solution!
Getting a root canal is a long-term solution that will help prevent future harm to the tooth. Speak to your endodontist about how you can preserve and protect your tooth long after the treatment is completed. For example, your endodontist may suggest having a crown placed on your tooth following root canal treatment.