Root Canal Procedures & Extractions
The inside of the tooth hides the pulp, a collection of nerves and blood vessels. If these tissues become inflamed or infected, a root canal will be recommended.
Keep It or Lose It?
The pulp of the tooth is the source of nutrient supply to your tooth. When it is inflamed or infected, your tooth may experience pain. The pain may be caused by:
- Deep cavities
- Need for repeated dental treatment
- Tooth breakage
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
Once these symptoms occur, treatment is necessary. Sometimes antibiotics are recommended before treatment. If this is the case for you, it is important that you return to for treatment even if the symptoms alleviate, because the underlying cause remains. The alternative to root canal therapy is tooth extraction. A root canal is a procedure to clean out bacteria and infected tissue from within the tooth and its roots, followed by the careful disinfection of the tooth, and filling of the root system with biocompatible material.
The benefits of having your root canal completed are:
- It allows you to keep your own tooth
- You do not need to worry about the costs of replacing the tooth
- Only the problem tooth is treated without affecting the surrounding teeth
However, sometimes, keeping your tooth is not a favorable option.
When to Extract?
If your tooth is badly damaged by decay, cracks or breakage, extraction may be recommended. Keeping such a tooth could result in poor longterm prognosis for successful treatment.
Dr. Bains will discuss the options with you for replacing the missing tooth. Although it is not necessary to choose how you wish to replace the tooth before the extraction, it is helpful to you to be prepared with your choices so that you can make an informed decision after the healing phase.
Sometimes you may not realize that a problem is developing in one of your teeth, other times you may be aware of minor changes as they develop. Seeking treatment efficiently once you are aware of the problem or change, is vital in preventing more complex dental care such as root canals and extractions. Your dental health affects your general health, hence, presenting to the Dentist as soon as a problem arises just makes good sense.