The Root Canal: Facts vs. Myths

root canal is a dental procedure that involves the removal of infected or damaged tissue from the inside of a tooth. The inside of a tooth contains soft tissue called dental pulp, which consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes infected due to deep decay, trauma, cracks, or other factors, it can lead to severe pain and potentially spread the infection to surrounding tissues.

Myth 1: Root Canals Are Extremely Painful

The belief that root canals are excruciatingly painful stems from outdated practices and anecdotes that have persisted over time. However, it’s important to note that modern dentistry has made remarkable strides in improving patient comfort during root canal procedures. With the advent of advanced dental techniques and anesthesia, the discomfort associated with root canals has been significantly minimized.

Myth 2: Extraction Is a Better Option Than a Root Canal

While tooth extraction might seem like a simpler solution, it’s important to recognize the numerous benefits of saving a natural tooth through a root canal. Natural teeth play a crucial role in maintaining oral health and overall well-being. A root canal allows the removal of infected or damaged tissue within the tooth while preserving its structural integrity. By retaining the natural tooth, patients avoid potential issues that can arise from tooth extraction, such as shifting of neighboring teeth, loss of jawbone density, and aesthetic and functional concerns.

Myth 3: Root Canals Cause Illness

The notion that root canals cause illness, often referred to as the “toxic tooth” theory, is based on outdated and discredited research from the early 20th century. This theory says that bacteria trapped in the tooth during a root canal procedure could lead to systemic health issues. However, modern scientific understanding, backed by extensive research, has debunked this idea.

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Dispelling these myths surrounding root canals is essential for promoting accurate information and easing patients’ concerns. Advances in dental practices have made root canals far more comfortable while preserving natural teeth through root canals offers numerous benefits over extraction. Located in Abington, PA, is the McDowell Dental GroupSchedule your consultation today by calling 215-885-0555.

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Yes! After our long tenured residence at the Tempenns building, McDowell Dental Group will be relocating. In addition to the move we are changing our name to McDowell Dental & Aesthetics. Don’t worry, even though there are a lot of changes happening we are still committed to providing our patients with the same valued care we always have. Lead by Dr. Ashley McDowell the office will bring additional focus to cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics along with all general dentistry services. Dr. Ashley has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a state of the art practice utilizing the best equipment and latest technologies. We are so excited for everyone to see and enjoy our new office.


Starting Monday, November 20th we will be seeing patients at:

1077 Rydal Road
Suite 300
Rydal, PA 19046


It is located just a short distance from our current office. The building has a spacious parking lot and an elevator for ease of travel. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new location!

McDowell Dental & Aesthetics Team