Root Canal Therapy: The Ingenious Way of Salvaging a Damaged Tooth

Dec 01, 2021

Even though your teeth are protected by the strongest substance in the body, enamel, they are not indestructible. Being cavalier about how you care for them can be detrimental to your oral health, leading to tooth decay and other issues. Hence the need arises for undergoing endodontic treatment.

Due to misinformation, root canal therapy has been viewed by some people as a horrifying procedure, deterring them from receiving treatment offered by our dentist in Mesa, AZ. However, you don’t need to believe this myth since all the services we offer under general and cosmetic dentistry are painless, including root canal therapy.

Also, with Mesa sedation dentistry, patients with dental anxiety can receive comfortable and painless treatment.

About Root Canal Therapy

Our dentist in Mesa, AZ, believes in saving your natural pearly whites by all means necessary. Years ago, dental technology had not evolved to what we have today, so tooth extractions were the only solution for damaged teeth.

However, with root canal therapy, infected and teeth with damaged pulps can be salvaged. The root canal or pulp chamber is located in the inner part of your tooth. This is where your dental pulp is found. The pulp is soft and has nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that nourish the teeth.

The whole idea behind practicing proper oral care is to ensure that the enamel stays healthy and sturdy to protect the softer parts of the teeth. However, if the structural integrity of the enamel is compromised, your dental pulp will be exposed to food and bacteria.

The pulp can be exposed because of the following reasons:

  • Advanced gum disease
  • Untreated dental decay
  • Bruxism
  • Long-standing cracks in your teeth
  • Decay underneath a filling
  • Trauma to your teeth

Therefore, our dentist will perform root canal therapy to prevent further destruction of the tooth. In other words, the procedure is performed to remove the infection, save as much of the tooth as possible, and rule out the chances of reinfection within your tooth.

Our dentist will remove the infected and inflamed pulp, clean the root canal, fill it, and seal it, preferably using a dental crown.

Is It Necessary to Remove the Pulp?

Sadly, yes! When your pulp is infected or inflamed, bacteria will accumulate in the pulp chamber. Then, after a while, you will notice that your gums are swollen and filled with pus. This is what is referred to as a dental abscess.

When the infection has reached the roots, there is no other way to salvage the tooth besides removing the pulp.

However, don’t be alarmed that your tooth pulp is being removed. Your tooth can function without the pulp, especially if you have fully developed permanent teeth. The pulp is critical when your tooth is developing. When it’s mature, the nerves serve only a sensory purpose, meaning you will not feel hot and cold sensations.

Getting your pulp removed is essential because if you don’t seek treatment, other complications can arise, such as:

  • Drainage issues that extend from the root to the neighboring tissue, such as cheeks and gums
  • Bone loss at the tip of your root
  • Swelling that can spread to other parts of the face

How Do You Know That You Need Root Canal Therapy?

If you notice that you have any of the following signs, you may need to rush to our office to get endodontic treatment:

  • Pimples on your gums that keep on showing up
  • Discolored teeth
  • Swollen gums near the affected tooth
  • Sharp pain whenever you bite or chew food
  • Deep decay or darkened gums
  • Extended periods of sensitivity even without exposure to extreme temperatures

Root Canal vs. Extraction

Root canals are the best solution when you have a dead, diseased, or even damaged pulp, but your tooth is still viable. So, when the infected pulp is removed, your tooth will be intact, and after the pulp chamber is sealed, you can continue using the tooth.

However, there are times when the tooth is beyond repair because the tooth’s structural integrity is compromised. Therefore, the tooth is too weak or damaged to be repaired. So, in this case, our dentist will have no choice but to remove the damaged tooth.

Tooth extraction is an expensive alternative since you need to find a tooth replacement such as a bridge or denture to restore the normal tooth function.

So, if you desire to save your teeth, contact us at Unique Dental Care.

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