Root Filling Treatments – Debunking the Myths

Root filling treatments have long been shrouded in mystery and misinformation. These misconceptions often deter people from seeking necessary dental care, leading to unnecessary pain and complications. 

In our latest blog, we aim to debunk some of the most common myths surrounding root filling treatments, providing clarity and peace of mind for those who may need this essential procedure. And the great news is that our resident dental expert with a special interest in root fillings, Dr Maurice Levi, is here to help. He brings with him decades of experience and expertise in this discipline.

Myth 1: Root Fillings Are Painful

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One of the most common myths about root fillings is that they are rather painful. This misconception likely stems from outdated practices and horror stories from decades past. 

However, modern root filling treatments feel little different to getting a standard filling. With advances in dental technology and anesthesia, most patients report feeling little to no discomfort during the procedure. 

In fact, root fillings are designed to relieve the pain caused by infected or damaged teeth.

Myth 2: Root Filling Treatment Causes Illness

There is a strange myth that root filling treatments can cause illness or health problems. This belief originated from poorly conducted research over a century ago. Modern scientific studies have dispelled this myth, showing no link between root filling treated teeth and diseases in other parts of the body. Dental professionals ensure that root filling procedures are safe and effective, removing infection and preventing it from spreading.

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Myth 3: It’s Better to Extract a Tooth than Have a Root Filling

Some people believe that it’s better to extract a tooth rather than undergo a root filling. 

At The Waterside Dental Clinic we believe that preserving your natural teeth is always the best option. Tooth extraction can lead to additional dental issues, such as shifting teeth, difficulty chewing and the need for costly replacements like implants or bridges. 

Root filling treatment allows you to retain your natural tooth, maintain proper dental function and avoid more invasive procedures.

Myth 4: Root Filling Treatments Are Not Effective

Another common myth is that root filling treatments are not effective and that the tooth will eventually need to be extracted anyway.

This is far from the truth. In reality, root filling treatments have a high success rate. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, a tooth that has undergone a root filling can last a lifetime. 

The key to success is following your dentist’s aftercare instructions and maintaining good oral hygiene.

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Myth 5: The Recovery Process Is Long and Difficult

Many people fear that the recovery process from a root filling is long and difficult. While it’s true that you may occasionally experience some discomfort for a few days after the procedure, most patients can return to their normal activities straight after treatment and certainly within a day or two. 

Over-the-counter analgesic medications are usually sufficient to manage any post-procedure discomfort. At The Waterside Dental Clinic your dentist will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.

Myth 6: Root Fillings Kill the Tooth

Some believe that a root filling ‘kills’ the tooth. While the procedure does involve removing the damaged or infected pulp inside the tooth, the tooth itself is not dead. After a root filling, the tooth is cleaned, filled and sealed, allowing it to function normally. The tooth is still very much alive and can continue to be a valuable part of your mouth for many years.

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Myth 7: Root Fillings Are Expensive

Root filling treatments are often more economical in the long run compared to the alternatives. Extracting a tooth and replacing it with a bridge, implant or denture can be significantly more expensive. Additionally, preserving your natural tooth helps you avoid further dental issues that can arise from missing teeth, saving you money on future dental work. 

Don’t just take our word for it!

Lydia, one of our valued patients, recently underwent root filling treatment to save her damaged tooth. Here’s what she has to say about her experience with the treatment:

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Closing thoughts

Root filling treatments are a safe, effective and often necessary procedure to preserve your natural teeth and maintain your oral health. By dispelling these common myths, we hope to remove some of the fear and anxiety associated with root fillings. 

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or suspect you may need a root filling, get in touch with us today. We’ll provide you with the information and care you need to make an informed decision about your dental health. 

And remember, maintaining your natural teeth is always the best choice for a healthy smile.

At The Waterside Dental Clinic we’re always here to support you on your journey to a healthier mouth and a healthier, happier life. We are currently welcoming new patients and offering ½ price initial consultations. We would love to welcome you to our clinic, book your consultation today.

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