A Brief Guide on Root Canal Therapy
In the old days, having a diseased or injured tooth nerve meant losing the entire tooth to extraction. With the advent of root canal procedures however, you can now retain your tooth, not to mention your smile, by undergoing therapy from your dentist in as little as 2 to 3 visits to his, or her, office.
A Glance at Root Canal Treatment
Teeth are made of bone yes, but they’re actually hollow. Inside each tooth is a pulpy liquid that provides nutrients (such as calcium) and acts as passageways for nerves to the tooth. However, this pulpy tissue can be compromised by oral diseases, and injuries that affect the bone’s structure or position. During such instances, failing to act can result in infection and losing the entire tooth.
This is where root canal therapy comes in.
A root canal procedure is the process of salvaging what’s left of the damaged pulp in the root canal. The dentist bores a small whole through your teeth, takes out the diseased or damaged pulp, cleans the root canal, and seals the whole with a crown so that it stays protected.
The Importance of Root Canal Treatment
As mentioned earlier, leaving a damaged or diseased tooth nerve can lead to infection. This starts when pus collects at the tooth’s root tip found in the jawbone. If left unattended, the bus can form a pocket or abscess, which eats away on the bone surrounding the teeth. This is why the tooth becomes loose. More importantly, an infected tooth nerve can be mind-numbingly painful.
Alternatives to Root Canal Therapy
Of course, there’s always the option of just taking out the entire tooth. Tooth extractions are cheaper, often simpler and faster. The downside to this procedure is that you now have to deal with having a missing tooth. While that may not seem such a bad thing, especially if the tooth is located at the back area of your mouth, it can result in the surrounding teeth moving and settling into crooked positions. This now calls for another solution in the form of bridges or dental implants, which will cost you some money and time.
So when you think about, root canal therapy can save you plenty of time and money.
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