Sometimes when a tooth has decayed too much for a dentist to repair, and so in order to save the tooth the dentist will need to offer root canal treatment. This is a process that removes bacteria, any pulp, and any dead nerves, and replaces all of them with dental materials so that the tooth can be saved and returned back to its natural function. Dentists who prefer non-toxic products will not always agree on the perfect method for treatment, but they all have the goal of ensuring that your teeth are kept as healthy as possible. Understanding exactly how the root canal treatment can help your mouth.
Even two thousand years ago, dentists were drilling holes in teeth in order to drain them in order to lessen pain, but the first actual root canal treatment that was offered to a patient was done in 1756, by a man called Philip Pfaff. He decided to fill painful teeth with gold, and by the 1950s and 1960s, and the success rate was climbing higher and higher, up to about 80%. Dentists were realising that performing the root canal treatmentcan save the tooth more often than not, and so in 1963 the field of endodontics was created specifically for root canal treatment.
Root Canal Positive & Negatives
There are three reasons why root canal treatmentis so popular, because they:
- Remove serious pain
- Enable you to keep your tooth
- Keeps teeth strong so they don’t move apart
One of the key problems with missing teeth is that the remaining teeth will start to move around the move because of the gaps.
There are, however, some small downsides to root canal treatment. When there is no natural blood supply that goes into the tooth, it can become more likely to become infected, and they can also lose its structural intensity because of that. A crown may be necessary in order to keep the tooth together properly, and anyone with immune system problems may have some more complications.
Root Canal Alternatives
Anyone who is considering having a root canal treatment will need to think about their overall health, because those will immune system problems may have more complications, and so root canal treatment may not be the best choice for you. That is why a better choice may be a biocompatible root canal.
On the other hand, you may decide to have the tooth completely removed, so that you can maintain integrity in your mouth. This may be a better choice if the tooth in question is a back molar.
In the majority of cases, the tooth must be replaced, and this will lead to a fixed bridge. This is a treatment option that puts crowns on either side of the gap, and then a fake tooth will be put into the gap to bridge that gap. Using biocompatible non-metallic bridges are possible, but this can compromise the teeth that are on either side. You could also choose a Maryland Bridge, which means that there is less damage to the remaining teeth.
Another alternative to a traditional root canal treatment is a dental implant, which often require a large amount of bone lost, and is a surgical procedure. The sinuses can end up being impacted by this treatment choice, and so titanium implants are often preferred as they meld better into the mouth.
You could also choose to have a removable bridge, but taking it out of your mouth and replacing it over again can be irritating.
To find out if root canal treatment is best for you, call (619) 640-5100