How Root Canals Save Teeth
Find out how root canal treatment could actually prevent a tooth extraction.
While there are certainly a lot of unfortunate jokes at the expense of root canal therapy, it’s important to understand the benefits of this simple endodontic treatment and what it can actually do to improve your smile for the long term. After all, our Gaithersburg, MD, dentist Dr. Steven Rattner could end up saving your teeth with a root canal. “How?” you might be wondering. Here’s how:
If you are dealing with a dental infection, deep decay or trauma (e.g. fracture; crack) that has caused inflammation or an infection within the dental pulp (a structure that lies inside the tooth) the only option is to get root canal treatment in order to remove the pulp and to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Some people may think that it’s easier to just have the tooth removed rather than undergoing root canal therapy but this is not the case. Removing a permanent tooth means jawbone loss, negative changes to your overall facial structure and also the need to replace the missing tooth with an artificial tooth so that the rest of your smile doesn’t shift into the open gaps and cause misalignments. It’s much easier and more cost-effective to undergo this simple endodontic procedure and try to save the tooth rather than having it removed.
In order to preserve the tooth, our Gaithersburg, MD, general dentist will numb the gums around the tooth with local anesthesia. Once the area is numb we remove the dental pulp and clean out any bacteria that is present. From there we will seal up the root canals and the inside of the tooth. In most cases, a dental crown will need to be placed over the top to protect the natural structure while also restoring full chewing force back into your smile.
If you are dealing with a toothache, or if you are dealing with other warning signs of an infection, decay or injury then it’s time to call Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD right away. Let us know what’s going on and we will get you in for an appointment.