16 Apr ROOT CANAL TREATMENT (RCT): MYTHS AND FACTS
Are you also confused about whether to go for RCT or Extraction (followed by Implant) for your decayed tooth?
If so, don’t stress, as you are not the only one facing this dilemma. As practicing dentists, it is fairly common for us to encounter such cases, where patients don’t feel comfortable with RCT. Most patients’ concerns have their roots in certain myths, which are prevalent in our society.
So, what are these myths and what are the facts?[/vc_column_text]
1. There is lot of pain associated with RCT:
This is the most common myth that has to be addressed by the clinicians on a daily basis. But you will be surprised to know that the truth is quite the opposite. The severe pain experienced by patients in the infected tooth vanishes once the dentist removes the infected tissue from the tooth. Also, so many anesthetic techniques available today make the procedure almost painless.
2. RCT takes a long time to complete:
Some patients believe that RCT takes long sittings with multiple visits and have this fear of discomfort associated with continuous mouth opening while the dentist operates. But an experienced dentist doesn’t require a lot of time to complete the root canal procedure. Mostly two visits of about one hour each, and sometimes even one visit is all it takes to complete the RCT.
3. Artificial tooth is better than RCT:
This is another misconception associated with RCT. Many people think that pulling out a painful tooth will end the pain for good. However, the importance of natural teeth is often underestimated by these patients. Loss of even one tooth has drastic effects on the remaining teeth and the oral cavity in general.
To help you understand it better, lets take an example. Imagine you have a machine and you stop using it for a considerable period of time. Eventually, it will rust out and will never be the same as before. Similarly, the bone supporting a tooth has no use left once the tooth is lost. As a result, it starts deteriorating and loses its normal shape.
Also, all the teeth are mutually supportive to one another. One missing tooth will cause all other teeth to be displaced from their natural positions inside the mouth. RCT helps to protect your natural teeth, so there is no question of it not being better than extraction. Moreover, extraction is more painful as compared to RCT and an extraction wound takes more time to heal.
4. Implants after extraction:
Implants are often the next step after a successful extraction. In those cases where the prospects of saving the natural tooth are really slim, implant is the last resort. But if a natural tooth can be saved then why replace it with an artificial tooth.
Studies have shown that the success rates of root canal treated teeth are much higher when compared to implants. Additionally, implant placement is a more costly, painful and time-consuming procedure as it requires surgical intervention.
Moreover, they are contraindicated in patients with some medical conditions, like diabetes. Sometimes, bone loss continues even after implant placement and they may get dislodged as well.