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Fact Vs. Myth: Root Canals in Martha’s Vineyard

One of the most common questions for Dr. Karen Gear is “Do I need a root canal?” Most patients will put off getting root canals  because they are afraid the procedure will be painful. This is not always true. Before you make a decision about root canals, you should know the facts. Just like with any other medical procedure, patients need to know how it works and what they can expect before making an educated decision. The following is a list of some popular myths surrounding root canals and the facts surrounding these myths:

Getting root canals is painful

This may have been true in the past, but with modern technology, root canals at Martha’s Vineyard Endodontics are relatively painless. In fact, they relieve pain more than they cause it. Thanks to new technologies, getting a root canal is comparable to getting a filling.

Root canals cause illness

There is no scientific evidence available to support the claim that illness can result from having a root canal. This myth originated several decades ago when a physician claimed that root canals could cause trapped bacteria to be released into the bloodstream and make patients sick. This is an outdated claim that is not supported by any current medical research. The American Dental Association continues to support root canals as a safe and effective treatment option.

Do I need a root canal or are tooth extractions better?

Natural teeth will always feel and function better than prosthetics. Root canals at Martha’s Vineyard Endodontics have a high success rate and have given millions of patients the chance to keep their natural teeth. Unlike prosthetics, real teeth don’t cause difficulty eating or speaking, nor do they allow for bone deterioration. Natural teeth both look and feel better while keeping the jaw healthy.



These facts should help you to make an informed decision about having a root canal. Modern technology allows for a painless procedure without the risk of illness. For more information about root canals, please call the offices of Dr. Gear today and schedule your consultation!

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