Root Canal

Do Dentists Lie About Root Canals? Uncovering the Truth

The answer is definitely “NO.” It is not a good approach to believe that the dentists are trying to mislead you regarding a root canal. They only suggest it when they think there’s no other option and you need the root canal.

Second, the final choice is all yours. If you believe your dentist is lying or misleading, you should always seek a second opinion. You ought to schedule a consultation with a different dentist.

If you get a similar response from both dentists, it is almost impossible that both dentists lie to you. As a result of both dentists giving the same answer, you can make an informed decision based on the same answer from each dentist.

Researching dentists and considering their qualifications, behavior, and environment is important. Most dentists display their degrees in their clinics; a good sign is a welcoming attitude. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which dentist fits your needs, and you can always look for more if needed.

Root Canal Procedure Step by Step (Video):

Source: Teeth Talk Girl

Reasons Behind Unnecessary Root Canal:

There could be several explanations for why a dentist might suggest an unnecessary root canal. I will try to provide a thorough explanation in the following list:


Sometimes dentists can make mistakes and misdiagnose you so they might recommend a root canal treatment. Although it is rare, it can happen since dentists are human too.

If you are visiting a new dentist or have doubts, it is always best to get a second opinion. This will help you make the right decision regarding the root canal.

Money Craving:

Sometimes dentists can get greedy and recommend unnecessary root canals to their patients. I’m not saying all dentists do this, as I am a dentist too.

But if your dentist has recommended a root canal that does not seem necessary, they may be trying to make a few extra dollars.

Old Equipment:

There is a good possibility that your dentist is still using outdated technology. That is why they may have misdiagnosed your oral problems and suggested a root canal.

Technology advances quickly, so dentists should stay updated with the latest tools. When you go to the dentist, look around and see if they use old or new equipment.

If you suspect, they are using outdated technology, do not hesitate to find a different dentist. Your life is at stake here, so do not wait to take action.

Lack of Training & Expertise:

When visiting a new dentist for the first time, it is important to research and ensure they have the experience you need. Otherwise, they might suggest unnecessary treatments, such as a root canal.

Unfortunately, I have seen people be lazy in this situation, simply picking whoever is closest. Do not be like those people – take the time to find the right dentist for you.

Can a Dentist misdiagnose a Root Canal?

Dentists may misdiagnose root canals, whether intentionally or accidentally, although it is uncommon.

It is possible that your dentist misinterpreted the infection and cavity depth and pushed you to get a root canal. He did not lie to you; he misunderstood the scenario. It is likely to happen with novice dentists since they do not have much experience or training.

A misdiagnosis of a root canal might result in serious consequences. That is why you should always get a second opinion from another dentist.

The following are some of the reasons why a dentist may misdiagnose a root canal:

  1. Insufficient examination
  2. Error in diagnostic tests
  3. Incorrect interpretation of the results
  4. Financial gain
  5. Lack of experience or expertise
  6. Overtreatment mentality
  7. Poor communication with the patient
  8. No checkup on the patient’s medical history
  9. Not keeping up with modern dental research and procedures
  10. Rushing to the examination and diagnostic process
  11. Charge additional fees to your insurance carriers

Why do Dentists push Root Canals?

The vast majority of dentists frequently advise their patients on root canal treatment. It makes sense because they know more about the benefits of a root canal than the patients do.

Maybe your dentist will find that the infection has spread to the pulp and you are experiencing significant tooth pain. That’s why he wants you to receive root canal therapy immediately.

You may believe your dentist is pressuring you to undergo a root canal because he wants to make more money, but this is false.

If your dentist is forcing you to have root canal treatment and you are confused, you should seek the advice of another dentist.

Imagine that your second dentist also advises you to need a root canal. What does it mean? Your first dentist is not lying or pushing you for no reason.

So, if your dentist advises you to get a root canal, you should go for it. Dentists have received specialized training in treating and soothing their patients. It is not ethical or professional for dentists to lie about the need for a root canal treatment.

Can a Root Canal cause problems?

It would be a total lie if I told you that root canal treatment is perfectly safe and has never harmed anyone. According to new studies, root canal therapy is one of the safest procedures in dentistry.

If they don’t perform the root canal correctly, it could cause problems. Neglecting these issues may worsen and cause significant harm to other parts of the face.

As you may know, our teeth are loaded with nerves and blood vessels that send pain signals to the brain. When the dentist performs a root canal treatment, he makes the nerves dead.

If he fails and some tiny nerves remain. It may result in infection, which might cause inflammation with severe toothache.

List of common root canal problems:

As a result of improper root canal therapy, the following issues are the most commonly reported:

  1. Pain or sensitivity
  2. Re-infection
  3. Fracture
  4. Sinus problems
  5. Nerve damage
  6. Allergic reaction to the materials used in the procedure
  7. Injury to the surrounding teeth or surrounding tissue
  8. Cyst or abscess formation
  9. Numbness or tingling in the lips, tongue, or chin
  10. Persistent pain or symptoms after the procedure
  11. Swelling or inflammation
  12. Development of a fistula (small opening) near the treated tooth
  13. Persistent bad taste or bad breath
  14. Difficulty in biting or chewing

You might face these issues if the dentist does not properly treat your root canal. I strongly recommend you select your dentist with care and after extensive research.

You may have swelling for two, three, or max four days. This swelling is the result of a normal healing process.

Suppose the swelling remains on your face after three to four days. It implies that the dentist did not do your root canal treatment effectively.

Visit the same dentist right away, and don’t wait. If you do not see a noticeable difference within a few days, book an appointment with another experienced dentist after extensive research.

Most of the time, patients with root canal damage come to me with these highlighted issues. The main reason is that they don’t perform any research on dentists.

I am not trying to target any profession, but I want you to research before choosing a dentist because the world contains both good and bad things.

Why do some Dentists not perform Root Canals?

Yes,” some dentists are scared to conduct root canal procedures due to a lack of experience and lengthy processes. If the dentist is new to dentistry, it could be a highly dangerous surgery because root canal treatment requires great experience and deep focus.

Second, a lack of cutting-edge technical equipment might be to blame. Some older dentists do not endeavor to keep their professional equipment current. That is why they avoid root canal surgery and lie to patients about its high risk. They urge patients to get their teeth pulled rather than have a root canal.

Lastly, some dentists avoid root canals because the complication rate is too high. Which, I believe, is a complete lie. They could wish to charge extra for multiple visits from their patients.

What are alternatives to Root Canals?

There are several root canal alternatives available to patients. Patients afraid of root canal procedures, expenses, health difficulties, or dental anxiety may refuse to perform them. That’s why they prefer to go with the alternatives.

Here is a list of root canal therapy alternatives:

  1. Extractions
  2. Pulpotomy
  3. Pulpectomy
  4. Apexification
  5. Capping or Crowning
  6. Dental bonding
  7. Dental veneers
  8. Dental implant
  9. Denture
  10. Bridge
  11. Natural remedies
  12. Tooth-colored fillings
  13. Crown lengthening
  14. Root amputation
  15. Regenerative endodontics
  16. Minimally invasive endodontics
  17. Orthodontic treatment
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Dr. Ahtsham

I am a dentist. I am working hard to keep this blog updated for those suffering from tooth pain. It is my goal to make this blog the source for all information regarding tooth pain. Feel free to contact me if you are suffering from toothache.

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