When you have a bad toothache, it might be tempting to say to your dentist, “Just pull it.” Yet, you will never have the opportunity to get that natural tooth back. In most cases, root canal dental treatment avoids the need for extraction and keeps your beautiful smile fully functional. Dr. Theodore Siegel of Big Smile Dental in Chicago explains the procedure and the value it imparts.
In the care of a skilled and experienced dentist, root canal therapy is virtually painless. With local numbing, modern instruments, and efficient techniques, the procedure carries no more discomfort than getting a filling. Plus, it alleviates pain caused by pressure and infection at the center of the tooth.
When you call Big Smile Dental with a toothache or abscess, top priority is getting you out of discomfort. This may involve prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication to get the infection settled down. In acute cases, treatment may be administered right away.
The restored tooth is strong and durable. It requires no special care, and you can continue to eat the foods you love. With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, you can likely keep the natural tooth for a lifetime.
This is a common concern, but now you know that the procedure is not painful or scary, so the question becomes, “What is a natural tooth worth?”
Without proper treatment, a tooth that needs root canal therapy may turn noticeably dark. While initial discomfort could simply be an annoying, intermittent toothache, it usually gets worse. You may experience an acute flare-up of pain and facial swelling – maybe at the worst possible time, such as when traveling. Infection from the tooth can spread to bone, soft tissues, and systemically, triggering other health problems.
Think also about extraction. This procedure is more traumatic than root canal treatment, and the recovery period is longer. If you choose not to have an extracted tooth replaced with a partial denture, fixed dental bridge, or dental implant, four things will happen:
A dental implant is a titanium screw placed into jawbone where a tooth has been extracted or lost. The implant replicates the root and is topped with a dental crown. While a dental implant can be a lifetime replacement for a missing tooth, and it looks and functions like a natural tooth, the expense is typically more than root canal treatment.
Understanding the facts helps you make informed dental healthcare decisions. You can count on Dr. Siegel and his team at Big Smile Dental in Chicago to help you determine if a root canal is your best treatment choice. Call 773-772-8400 to schedule an appointment or consultation.