Will root canal treatment save my tooth? Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing, along with six-monthly examinations with your dentist will help you keep your teeth for longer.
However, sometimes your teeth may develop decay, which will need treatment. Whenever possible your dentist will always look for treatments to save your teeth. Some people are apprehensive about root canal treatments and consider extraction rather than root canal treatment, especially when they have severe toothache.
The cost of a root canal treatment can also often result in patients opting for extraction.
Our advice is not to have a tooth extracted just because you think it’s less painful or more cost-effective than a root canal treatment. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, affect your ability to properly chew and ruin your smile. These effects don’t affect you immediately but become evident up to years afterward and cause a lot of problems, often compromising adjacent teeth(tooth tilting) or the tooth that was biting on the previously extracted tooth(over-eruption). I have had many patients that have regretted having teeth extracted. Replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial one requires additional dental visits and if you are replacing the tooth with an implant then it’s often far more expensive and far more invasive.
Modern root canal treatments (endodontics) offers you the option to save your natural teeth. It’s important to understand your choices and how they’ll impact both your tooth and your future dental health before deciding. It’s always best to retain your natural teeth whenever possible and root canal treatment should be your first choice for the best health and cosmetic results. We at AK Endodontics are experts at root canal treatments provide detailed examination, diagnosis and treatment plan including options for replacement as part of the consultation appointment. This allows you to make an informed decision when deciding on having a root canal treatment. Some teeth are beyond saving, and we will let you know if this is the case, but most teeth can be saved by having a root canal treatment.
Here are some tips for saving your teeth:
- When given a choice between tooth extraction and root canal treatment, opt for a root canal as dentures, bridges or implants will look not feel and function as well as a natural tooth.
- Act immediately when you experience symptoms of swelling or pain. The earlier we provide the root canal treatment, the higher the success rate.
- Should your dentist recommend tooth extraction, ask whether the root canal is an option with an expert and request a referral to a local root canal expert if you want to get a second opinion. We accept self-referrals.
Root canal treatment by an expert is virtually painless and often leaves you with less discomfort during recovery than if you have your tooth extracted. Thanks to modern techniques and effective anesthesia, patients who experience root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as painless than patients who have a tooth extracted! Take the time to learn more about root canal treatment and some of the common misconceptions about it and then take the first step to a pain-free, healthy mouth by visiting us at AK Endodontics.
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last many years.