If you visit your dentist as scheduled they may be able to halt tooth decay before it becomes too serious. If, however, you let it go on for too long the tooth will get infected right at the root and cause you severe pain. At that
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Benefits of root canal
The main benefit of having a root canal procedure is that you avoid the pain that comes with
In fact, infected teeth can lead to severe problems and even death when pus leaks into the brain. If you notice that you have a decayed or cracked tooth it is important to have your dentist treat it right away.
Other benefits of
root canal are:
• You will be able to save a tooth – the alternative to have a root canal done is having the tooth extracted. The gap will need to be filled using a dental implant and this will cost you more.
• An extraction leads to a lot of oral changes – the teeth next to the gap will start to collapse and eventually, you will need much more extensive and expensive dental work.
Are there disadvantages of root canals?
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• A root canal makes the tooth lose its vitality, making it brittle and prone to chips and cracks. That is why dentists recommend that root canals be topped off with crowns.
• Root canals are expensive. Many people who don’t have dental coverage choose extraction as it brings immediate relief from pain and doesn’t cost nearly as much as a root canal.
• Root canals take longer than extractions – an extraction will take just a few minutes and you will be free of pain while a root canal will take several sessions each a few hours long before it is complete.
The root canal procedure
As mentioned, the procedure is a long one. On your first
This is done using small tools such as drills that are used to bore a hole at the top of the tooth and reveal the infected pulp. He will remove it all and disinfect the hole. He will also shape the hole so that the filling can sit properly. You will not feel any pain during this procedure but if you are anxious you can talk to your dentist about giving you something that will help you feel relaxed. After the
You will be sent home so that the tooth can heal during which time the dentist will prepare a crown for your root canal. You will be called it a few weeks later for your crown to be inserted.
Before your root canal
• There are drugs that your dentist can give you to make you feel more relaxed during your root canal. If you choose to go this way make sure that you take your medication on time.
• Have someone to take you to and from the dentist – the after-effects of the anesthesia will affect your ability to drive.
• Eat as you normally would – you want your body to experience as few changes as possible. If, however, your dentist will be using IV sedation you will be advised by your dentist not to eat for some hours before the procedure.
After your root canal
Your dentist will give you painkillers and an antibiotic to take after your procedure. The antibiotic is to ensure that you don’t get any infection. They will also give you an appointment so that they can check up on how well you are healing. You will feel a little tender the first few days but the painkillers can help combat that. You may also experience sensitivity especially if your infection was severe. After you are completely healed the dentist will place a porcelain crown to reinforce the tooth.
Dr. Miller and the team at Lakeside Family Dentistry can take care of all of your root canal needs. Call us at 864-305-1402 or contact us to make an appointment today.
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