Debunking Myths About Pain After Root Canal Surgery

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Debunking Myths About Pain After Root Canal Surgery

Have You Been Anxious About Root Canal Side Effects? Let Us Allay Your Fears.

The term “root canal” often garners grimaces from people who have heard stories or rumors about the procedure. You can find this mythology perpetuated online and in pop culture as well! So it’s not wonder that pain after root canal procedures the first thing that comes to mind… even if it’s not an accurate vision of what is involved!

At Penn Dental Family Practice, we don’t want anyone to live with unnecessary fear or anxiety regarding root canals.  So, we’re taking the time to clear up the myths, from pain after procedures to other more outlandish tales!

Dealing With Myths About Pain After Root Canal Surgery

Have you heard about the one where 97% of cancer victims have previously undergone a root canal sometime in their life? Thankfully, Snopes kicked that rumor to the curb with a big “False”.

pain after root canalDespite constant scientific debunking with root canal facts from all the way back in the 1920’s up until today, the idea that root canal surgery itself causes any kind of illness still persists. The reality is that undergoing a root canal will prevent harmful infection from causing any further infection or illness.

The one myth that keeps most people afraid of getting the dental care they need is that of pain during and/or pain after root canal procedures. In reality, a root canal will alleviate pain that is being caused by harmful infected tissue in the affected tooth. And of course, there won’t be any pain during the procedure because anesthetic is administered beforehand.

Now there may be a certain amount of soreness following the procedure, as your mouth recovers from any inflammation. But this is not the kind of pain that you might be envisioning and that should keep you from necessary dental care.

Focus On This Instead Of Pain After A Root Canal

Even more important than talking about all these myths is keeping an eye on these types of symptoms:

  • Pain or sensitivity in the tooth or the jaw and gum surrounding the tooth.
  • Discoloration of one or more teeth.
  • Swelling and/or drainage in the lymph nodes.

Chances are that if you’ve noticed these symptoms, you will need to visit an endodontist for an exam to determine if you should undergo a root canal. You really do not want to procrastinate once you’ve begun to notice either. The longer you wait, the more pain you will be in, and the more drastic the measures that will need to be taken.

Once you schedule your exam appointment, we want to assure you again that there is no need for anxiety about pain after root canal surgery. Along with the specialized knowledge of an endodontist, a Penn Dental Family Practice doctor will be using the newest technology at his or her disposal to make sure you are getting the treatment you need. 

And any questions you might have about the procedure or root canal side effects beyond what we’ve discussed here can be answered by the excellent endodontists at Penn Dental Family Practice.

Give us a call at 215-898-PDFP(7337) today to set up your appointment.