Root canal treatment is virtually painless and often leaves you with less discomfort during recovery than if you have your natural tooth extracted. Thanks to modern techniques and effective anesthesia, patients who experience root canals are six times more likely to describe it as painless than patients who have a tooth extracted!
When you undergo a root canal or other endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection and will continue to function like any other tooth.
Benefits of Saving the Natural Tooth
There are many clinical reasons for needing root canal treatment, but there are also countless practical reasons why saving the natural tooth is a wise choice. 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 a lifetime.
Virtually Pain-Free Procedure
Root canal treatment is virtually painless and often leaves you with less discomfort during recovery than if you have your natural tooth extracted. Thanks to modern techniques and effective anesthesia, patients who experience root canals are six times more likely to describe it as painless than patients who have a tooth extracted.
Efficient & Cost-Effective
Tooth extraction can take longer than root canal treatment due to follow-up appointments required for a denture, bridge or implant; plus the cost may be higher. Most dental insurance plans cover endodontic treatment.
Prevents Infection of Neighbouring Teeth
Pulp infection is often the primary cause of decay in the tooth cavity. Infection of the pulp comes about due to the accumulation of bacteria in this area. The infected pulp continues to harbour such bacteria, which may easily spread to adjacent teeth if not addressed.
A root canal is therefore essential in removing the infected pulp that harbours bacteria, and therefore prevents the growth and spread of this bacteria.
Boosts Teeth Aesthetics
A root canal involves the removal of the infected pulp. The process is followed by cleaning the affected area and filling up the cavity with a polymer material or fitting the tooth with a crown.
Crowns are essential in restoring the visual appeal of teeth. As such, they help restore the functionality of the tooth as well as the aesthetic value of teeth whenever they are used in a root canal.
Prevents Jawbone Degeneration
A root canal leaves the infected tooth intact, unlike tooth extraction. As such, this process provides a solution with having the tooth extracted. With missing teeth, the jawbone easily degenerates over time due to bacteria exposure and other elements.
Root canals, therefore, help prevent complications of the jawbone in future.
Boosts Oral and Overall Health
Extreme tooth decay and long-lasting toothaches are common dental conditions among individuals. They cause pain, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.
As such, a root canal helps keep teeth in good condition and also prevents extreme procedures such as tooth extraction.
Apart from maintaining good oral health, a root canal can also help boost overall health by preventing conditions associated with poor oral health. Such conditions include heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetes, and gastrointestinal infections.
As a result, both the oral and overall health of the individual are boosted.
Source: American association of Endodontists
To know more about Root Canal treatment and dental pain and how we can help you, meet Dr. Vimal Thareja MDS, at SmileMax Dental, Rani Bagh, Pitampura or contact us at 8800211141.