Sometimes teeth are too damaged to repair with a filling or crown but don’t quite need to be extracted. When that’s the case, a root canal can keep your tooth intact so that removal isn’t necessary.
Here are just some of the reasons why we may recommend preserving your tooth endodontically:
Deciding not to get a root canal on a damaged tooth will allow the dying nerve to destroy the tooth from the inside (a process known as “resorption”). It can also make adjacent teeth prone to infection and disease. Treating your tooth is great for your smile as a whole.
The only way to know for sure whether you need a root canal is to see one of our family dentists. We’ll take an X-ray to determine the extent of the damage and perform various biting tests to pinpoint the source of the pain.
During a root canal treatment, your tooth will be thoroughly numbed. Aggressive, painful infections may require antibiotic treatment leading up to your appointment so that the anaesthetic can work effectively (inflammation makes teeth difficult to numb).
When you’re comfortable, we’ll create a small opening in the tooth to access the nerve chamber, then remove all of the diseased pulp tissues from inside of the tooth. After we’ve cleaned all of the open canals, we’ll fill them permanently to prevent any type of reinfection.
Your root canal will eliminate the source of any pain or irritation, as there will no longer be a nerve inside of the tooth.
Since endodontic therapy removes the pulp and blood vessels from inside of your tooth, the structure itself is no longer alive. As a side effect, it’s weaker and more prone to chipping or wear. To protect it and keep your tooth lasting as long as possible, we’ll place a porcelain crown over the top.
Remember to brush and floss your endodontically treated tooth the same way you would your others, so that gum disease or tooth decay don’t develop around the remaining structure
Visit our affordable family dentist for a gentle endodontic experience that will help put a smile back on your face! Contact Morton Dental today for an appointment.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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