Dr. Spalitto’s primary goal is to brighten your smile. Unfortunately,
tooth decay can seriously compromise this goal. Advanced tooth decay may
require a root canal, which is a routine procedure addressing cavities
that reach the tooth’s interior. As invaluable as root canals are
to dental health, many people misunderstand the procedure’s place
in professional dental care. Recognizing the necessity and benefits of
a root canal can help you better understand this type of treatment.
Myth: Root Canals Damage Teeth
When Dr. Spalitto performs a root canal, he creates a small hole that reaches
the inside of the tooth. Through this hole, he can extract infected tissues
from the tooth interior. While this hole may very slightly compromise
the overall strength of the tooth, an untreated infection can cause considerably
more damage. If an infection is left to fester, it will affect not only
your tooth, but also the surrounding gum tissue and bone. Root canals
both stop infections and preserve the integrity of teeth.
Myth: Tooth Infections Can Heal Without Root Canals
Doctors often prescribe antibiotics to eliminate infections in the body.
Once bacteria reach the interior of a tooth, however, affected tissues
will continue to decay until Dr. Spalitto manually extracts them. During
root canal therapy, Dr. Spalitto might introduce medication that can kill
lingering bacteria, but the only way to fully address a tooth infection—short
of tooth extraction, that is—is through a root canal.
Myth: Root Canals Hurt
Severe procedural pain is perhaps one of the most prevalent misconceptions
about root canals. In fact, a root canal is a minimally invasive procedure
that is more comfortable than you might imagine. Dr. Spalitto always has
the comfort of his patients in mind when providing treatment; if you require
a root canal, Dr. Spalitto will administer pain relief agents to block
discomfort during the procedure. If you normally experience dental anxiety,
he can also offer sedation dentistry services to relax you as you undergo
treatment. This will allow you to get the care you need without pain or stress.