Root canal therapy can save even severely damaged and decayed teeth. In most cases you can keep natural teeth. In partnership with you, the dentists at Big Smile Dental will make every effort to avoid this proven treatment. Avoidance of such therapy is recommended not because it is painful. On the contrary, root canal treatment provides relief from some of the most painful dental conditions. Thanks to modern medications and approaches, treatment is little more extensive and uncomfortable than a simple filling.
This procedure to restore a badly damaged or decayed tooth should be avoided where possible, because natural teeth are the best teeth. Experienced, trustworthy professionals will recommend treatments that conserve the most existing tooth structure. These procedures are generally less complex, and result in less trauma to the patient. More conservative options to rebuild a tooth may include:
- Tooth-colored fillings
If the filling will be very large, for instance, it may make more sense to use a crown to restore the tooth, as large fillings can be fragile. If decay progresses past a certain point, the last ditch option to save your tooth may be the only option: root canal treatment.
During this procedure, the inner part of the tooth or pulp is accessed. The infected pulp tissue is removed. After the innermost chamber is cleaned, the treatment site is sealed. A crown may be placed over the treated tooth to provide strength and protection.
Like all procedures, the success of the procedure depends partly on each patient's unique needs and characteristics. While root canal therapy has a very good record, it can't restore all natural teeth. The last resort is extraction, because missing teeth promote a number of unwanted consequences, such as bone loss that affects how you eat, speak, and look. The dentists can discuss options for restorations such as dental implants that look, feel, and behave like natural teeth.
Big Smile Dental professionals can also discuss care following the root canal therapy. Practicing proper after-care minimizes the risks of developing complications that interfere with healing and treatment success. The tooth can be sensitive in the days following treatment. Refrain from chewing hard or sticky foods, especially if wearing a fragile temporary crown.
Get ready to enjoy foods again and to feel confident about your appearance for many years to come, courtesy of root canal treatment at your Chicago dental care specialist. Call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 for appointments.