Tooth pain makes it impossible to focus on anything else. Work, time with family and even drinking a refreshing glass of chilled water all become incredibly difficult to enjoy when your tooth is decayed. In your mind, you may think an extraction is the only solution available, which is why you avoid going to the dentist at all costs. However, this is simply not the case. By getting to the dentist today, you can save your tooth and enjoy yourself once again.
Here’s why root canal therapy is worth it.
Natural Teeth Feel Better Than Replacements
Dental technology has gotten incredibly advanced over the years, but that doesn’t mean they are inherently better than your own natural teeth. Your own teeth are uniquely for you; implant-retained crowns can only get close to what your natural teeth provided in terms of function and appearance. Why choose to receive an artificial tooth when your natural teeth can be saved and capped?
While implants are effective at restoring your smile, they won’t ever feel quite as natural as your original teeth. There’s no worry of your tooth needing replacement later in life and you have the most effective biting force possible. You don’t need to worry about your bone deteriorating over time, nor your neighboring teeth shifting into the empty space left behind. Overall, your original tooth structure is the best option for your daily use, which is why dentists always try their hardest to save it before suggesting any extensive restorative options like implants.
Root Canal Therapy is Cheaper in the Long-Term
Speaking of dental implants, it should be emphasized that root canal therapy and a crown is a far cheaper option compared to dental implants. Dental implants last multiple decades, but that doesn’t mean that you want them over your natural tooth. Implants require more extensive surgery and expertise, whereas root canals are performed by pretty much all dentists and fall less invasive. Dental implants involve oral surgery, which on its own is going to be far more expensive than a single root canal treatment.
What to Expect from Root Canal Therapy
After taking X-rays to confirm the problem areas of your tooth, the dentist will numb the tooth and the surrounding tissue to prevent any discomfort during treatment. Then, they’ll access the pulp by creating a small hole through the crown. This hole will allow the dentist to clean, disinfect and irrigate the inner tooth. After all decayed and diseased tissue is removed, they’ll fill the tooth with gutta percha, a rubber material designed to replace damaged tissue and prevent future infections. After filling, a temporary crown will be placed on top while the permanent crown is being made. You’ll come back for a second appointment to have the permanent crown replace the temporary.
An extraction should only be a last resort. Get your damaged tooth repaired today!
About the Author
Dr. Brian Lee earned his DDS degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. His office performs root canals to help individuals save teeth for years to come. With his expertise in dental implantology and microbiology, you can put the future of your tooth in his hands. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.