A toothache can be miserable, especially this time of year.

When everyone’s mouth is watering at the mere thought of Thanksgiving dinner, the last thing you want to deal with is tooth pain!

But out of fear, people have a tendency to ignore a toothache and try to convince themselves it’s no big deal.

Our team at Bayou Dental Group is here to tell you that’s nothing but a bunch of fake news! The truth is that tooth pain means that something is wrong, and it needs to be looked at by Dr. Finley in our Monroe, LA dental office.

A common cause of tooth pain is that you need a root canal. This procedure is necessary to keep your mouth healthy, but it has a terrible reputation in the field of dentistry.

Today, we’re debunking some of the fake news about root canals and giving you the truth!

What Is A Root Canal?

Any time your tooth enamel is compromised, whether it’s from erosion, deep cavities, or injuries, harmful bacteria has a chance to seep into your tooth and cause problems.

That’s because it can enter the dental pulp inside your tooth where all the blood vessels and nerve endings live. A bacterial infection will need to be treated before it can spread to your other teeth, or worse, into your bloodstream.

To treat it, Dr. Finley gently removes the infection from the inside of your tooth, sanitizes the entire area, seals it and then covers the tooth with a dental crown.

Ignore All The Fake News About Root Canals!

Root canals are necessary to keep your oral and overall health safe against the spread of infection. That’s why it’s important that you don’t fall for all the fake news being generated about root canal treatment.

Here are some of the most widely perpetuated fake news stories you might have heard about root canals and the facts that will set the record straight!

Fake News: A root canal is incredibly painful!

Real News: At Bayou Dental Group, root canals are not painful.

Here is a bit of fake news that may have some merit. It may have been true that root canals were painful in the past.

But this fake news simply needs an update. Modern dentistry has changed so much over the years. Advanced technology makes many procedures, root canals among them, much more comfortable than they were years ago.

At Bayou Dental Group, we use local anesthesia to numb your tooth for a painless procedure. If you need more help feeling comfortable, we also offer oral sedation so you can feel calm and relaxed during treatment.

Fake News: A root canal will cause serious health problems.

Real News: A root canal actually treats a health problem!

This fake news has been going strong for nearly a century! It’s likely because of a study that was published by a dentist who claimed root canals lead to health problems like cancer and arthritis. His study was debunked soon after publication, but the fake news carries on to this day.

The real news here is that root canals don’t cause health issues. Instead, root canals protect you from the spread of infection that would otherwise put you at a higher risk for health problems like heart disease and stroke.

Fake News: A root canal will weaken your tooth.

Real News: A root canal will strengthen a tooth that’s been weakened by infection!

Because a dental crown is used to cover a tooth at the end of a root canal procedure, the tooth is actually made stronger, not weaker. In fact, it’s infection that weakens a tooth in the first place!

This is why a dental crown is necessary to complete a root canal. It helps prevent further damage to the tooth.

Schedule Your Root Canal Procedure!

With all the hype about root canals out there, it’s hard to know what to believe. That’s why Dr. Finley and our staff at Bayou Dental Group want to do all we can to make sure you have the right information.

Root canal treatment in our Monroe, LA dental office can get you out of pain, restore comfort and function to your tooth, and protect you from the spread of infection.

It may sound like a contradiction, but fake news is real. But now, you know better than to fall for it!

Schedule your root canal procedure today. Call our Monroe, LA dental office at 318-302-4236 or fill out our online form for an appointment.