Let's start by addressing the obvious question. You are probably wondering what kittens and root canals have in common. The answer is not much. In fact, they are opposite in many ways. Kittens are beloved, and known for being gentle and harmless, despite the fact that they carry switchblades and relentlessly assault unsuspecting toes, curtains, and anything else in sight. Root canals, on the other hand, are hated and feared, despite actually being gentle and harmless.
The only way to dispel the myths about root canals is to educate the people of Chicago, but no one wants to read about an unpopular topic. So, we went with the tried-and-true, foolproof recipe for getting attention on the internet: Take any subject, webpage, or anything else and add kittens. Now that we have an audience, here are a few things that you need to know about root can treatment:
- It's safe – A flawed scientific study more than eight decades ago spawned the widespread myth that root canal treatment caused disease. In truth, it removes and prevents infection, improving your oral and overall health.
- It relieves pain – Infected, injured, or inflamed nerves inside of a tooth cause pain. A root canal procedure is the solution.
- Recovery is simple – Most patients compare the entire experience to that of getting a dental filling.
- The procedure is reliable – Root canal treatment has a success rate well over 90 percent, and an excellent patient satisfaction rating.
- Popular opinion – If you still doubt the comfort of this procedure, just think about who is saying it's painful in the first place. You might be surprised to learn that, according to a survey by the American Academy of Endodontics, the majority of people who think that it is painful have never actually had root canal therapy. People with personal experience are six times more likely to say that the procedure is painless.
One of the greatest ironies in dentistry is the number of people who avoid seeing a dentist because they fear the mythological "pain" of a root canal, while enduring the very real pain of an injured or infected tooth. Maybe a root canal treatment won't make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside like a purring kitten, but relief from a toothache feels pretty good too. And a root canal will never climb on the kitchen counter or get hair on your clothes.
If you have a dental problem, don't let fear stand between you and relief. Call 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment at Big Smile Dental.