When a tooth becomes infected at the root, this is when serious actions must be taken. You are given the option to either have the tooth extracted, or undergo a root canal treatment. We will always recommend patients to receive the root canal treatment to save their tooth over extraction always. There are a lot of misconceptions about root canals, that they are painful procedures. This is untrue. There is usually harsh pain leading up to the root canal. Once the infected root is fixed, your tooth will feel completely better. During your procedure, you will have a local anesthetic to numb your tooth, preventing you from experiencing any pain during your procedure. If you experience any pain after the procedure, over the counter pain medicine will help. At Dental South, we do everything we can to save our patient’s teeth, including providing root canal therapy to our patients in Wyoming, MI.
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals. Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first sign of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
Most patients who receive root canal treatment experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.
Without a root canal, the tooth must be extracted. This can lead to more dental problems. After extraction, you will need to find a restorative solution for your missing tooth. This will include a dental implant, which is very pricey, or a dental bridge or partial denture. With a dental bridge or partial denture, the bone mass in your jaw where your tooth used to be will begin to weaken. This can cause your face to prematurely age and sag. Also, if you decide to just not replace your tooth, the adjacent teeth will begin moving towards the empty spot, which can cause problems with your bite and teeth. The main benefit of root canals is saving your tooth to prevent future dental problems, and expensive restorative options.
If a cavity has gone too far and is causing you severe pain, it is possible that you need a root canal. Please contact our dentist office in Wyoming, MI for a consultation. Call us at 616-538-9020 or fill out our online contact form to be contacted.