Root canal treatments have developed a bad reputation which can be dispelled through careful patient education.
For decades, people have shared common myths about the dangers and negative consequences of root canals. Because of this, root canal treatments have developed a bad reputation and can cause anxiety in many patients. However, these myths couldn’t be further from the truth! Root canal treatments are actually a very important and beneficial aspect of dental care and when done properly patients can expect to experience minimal to no discomfort during the process.
Modern Root Canal Treatments are Pain-Free
Myths about the painful process of having a root canal are unfortunately based on outdated practices. In the early twentieth century, dental procedures were very different from modern practices today and might have been more painful. However, it is important to educate patients so they understand that modern dental practices have evolved significantly and patients should not worry about experiencing pain or discomfort. A recent survey by the American Association of Endodontics revealed that 74 percent of Americans fear losing a natural tooth, yet 70 percent also fear having a root canal treatment which could save the tooth. This statistic clearly shows how important it is for dentists and endodontists to work together to dispel negative myths and outdated ideas about root canal treatments.
Root Canal Treatments Prevent Disease
In addition to the myth that root canal treatments are long and painful procedures, some patients also believe that root canals can cause diseases. This is again based on old findings from a study performed in the early 1900s. Modern studies have been unable to reproduce these results and experts believe disease was linked to the poor sanitation and unreliable research methods at the time of the study. Today’s dental techniques prioritize health and sanitation to prevent infection and disease.
Suggest a Referral to Ease Anxiety
Sometimes, even after a dentist educates a patient about the safety and ease of a root canal treatment, the patient may have lingering anxiety about the procedure. If this is the case, it is often helpful to offer to refer them to an endodontist. Explain that endodontists are extensively trained to diagnose and treat oral pain and to perform root canal treatments. Let the patient know that once the treatment is completed, the endodontist will relay the patient’s records back to their general dentist for follow-up care. This way, the patient understands that you are working as a team to ensure they have the best patient experience possible, and having a specialist work on their dental care may help ease any extra anxiety the patient is feeling and helps them know you have their best interest at heart.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comercia Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.