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A Few of the Top Root Canal Myths

People have the tendency to cringe when they hear the word root canal.  Root Canals have gotten a bad rap, but the truth is there have been many major dental advancements over the years that change the way dental practices perform their procedures.  So I want to set the record straight, so the next time you hear you need a root canal you do not need to suffer for unnecessary anxiety.

  • Root Canals Are Painful
    The ADA of Endodontists say that the root canals have the greatest perception of being painful.  This was true decades ago, however these procedures are performed much differently now.  Today we have much better anesthetics, which make the root canal no more painful than a filling.
  • Root Canals Make You Sick
    Although this is a common belief there is no evidence to support the theory.  Actually research has shown just the opposite, there is evidence to support that there is no correlation between root canals and illness.
  • Crowns Cause Teeth to Need Root Canals
    Crowns do not cause people get root canals.  If this does happen it would most likely be a result of  an abscessed tooth or decay that has gotten underneath the crown.
  • Root Canals Remove the Roots from the Teeth
    This is not correct, when a root canal is performed the pulp is removed from inside the tooth.  The roots of the teeth remain intact.
  • You Cannot Have a Root Canal if Your Pregnant
    Although this may be a common belief the truth is pregnant women can and do have root canals performed on a regular basis.  A small x-ray does need to be taken, however it is localized to the mouth and a lead apron is placed over the abdomen so no radiation reaches the fetus.
  • Root Canals Can Not Be Performed in One Visit
    This may have been true in the past, but with the recent developments in dental technology a root canal is done all at once.
  • Even With A Root Canal, The Tooth Will Eventually Fall Out
    The fact is that if you take care of your teeth, there is a good likelihood that the natural tooth will last the rest of your life.
  • After Having a Root Canal, Your Tooth is Completely Fixed
    After you have a root canal  procedure performed it is important to make a follow up appointment with your dentist.  Once the pulp is removed from the tooth, it can become brittle.  You will need to have it permanently restored to help protect it from future fractures.
  • If  You Need a Root Canal, You Will be in a Lot of Pain
    If your tooth is throbbing you will definitely want to have it checked out.  However, there are plenty of situations where a root canal is needed where there are no painful symptoms.

Dental Care – Budget Options

According to a study, 79% of low income people without dental insurance are not aware of any affordable options for dental care.  The good news is there are affordable option,  you just have to know where to look.

These low-cost dental care resources may be available in your community:

  • Dental schools. Many dental schools offer low cost dental work at a reduced cost.  The dental care is provided by the students, under the direction of a trained professor.
  • Community health centers. Some Cities have community programs that offer low cost or in some cases even free dental care.  These programs are run by volunteers that want to help give back to the community.  So check with you local municipality to find these community programs.
  • Discount dental plans. These plans are usually less expensive than dental insurance.  Discount dental plans are a very inexpensive option to get a lot of savings on your dental bills.  These programs work by giving you access to a network of dentists that have agreed to work at a discounted rate, in exchange for more business.  These discounts can range from 20-60% off and normally cost as little as $5.95 a month.

Certain dentists will take payment plans, so if the above options are not enough you can call around to find a dentist that will do the work with just a little money up front.  You then can agree to make monthly payments to pay for your work.

Managing Out-of-Pocket Dental Expenses

Having a strict budget may be very cumbersome especially when health issues arise unexpectedly. Trying to spend a fortune on your dental health may not be a very good idea if you have a tight budget. It would be best if we had an inexpensive dental plan in order to cover most of our bills. The problem is, these types of dental plans are often very rare and expensive.

Most of us have a strict budget and do not have extra money to spend on dental health. Unfortunately, dental issues often seem to arise at the least opportune times, catching us off guard and negatively affecting our finances. Fortunately if your only option is to pay out of pocket, you will be pleased to know that there is a product known as a discount dental plan, that will reduce your out of pocket expenses up to 20% off your dental.

So besides signing up to a discount dental plan to get your dental done at a discounted rate, the other things you can do is to focus on having a good preventative maintenance routine. This is important not only at home, but also at the dentist. You should set up 2 scheduled appointments a year for a checkup and a cleaning. This is important because it is a relatively small cost for this and by doing this he can address minor issues while they are still minor.

It is important to have a good relationship with your dentist. He can help you plan and budget for future expenses, by letting you know what to expect and budget for sometimes years in advance. Some dentists also have payment plans to further help spread out the costs.

No matter how tight your budget is, there is always room to adjust. You can always sacrifice a portion of every part of your non-fixed expenses. Dental health is a very serious matter, so do not neglect it.