Root Canal Treatment and Extractions
Few phrases put as much fear in the hearts of most people as “root canal.” But the truth is that the pain leading up to the need for a root canal is far worse than the procedure itself. In fact, with today’s modern dentistry, getting a root canal is no worse than getting a run-of-the-mill filling.
If you are in pain from a tooth infection, call Dr. Drew Spencer to find out if a root canal will relieve your discomfort and save your tooth.
When a Root Canal Is Necessary
The roots of your teeth contain tiny canals, which allow the nerves of your teeth to run between your pulp and your nervous system. If this part of the tooth becomes infected, it is not only painful, but the infection can spread to other areas of the mouth or body. Root canal therapy is the most effective way to treat this condition.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy involves creating a tiny hole in the tooth so your dentist can clear away the infected material, the damaged tooth pulp and nerve, and any bacteria in the area. The root of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and then sealed to prevent infection from recurring. A crown is usually placed on top of the tooth structure to strengthen it.
Because you will be numbed, you won’t feel anything during the procedure. Once the area heals, your pain will be gone and you will be able to chew normally on the area.
When an Extraction Is Necessary
Sometimes, in spite of our efforts to save a tooth whenever possible, extraction is inevitable. We do not recommend this last-resort treatment lightly, and we will only do so when it is needed to protect your oral health.
In the following instances, dental extraction might be necessary:
- Overcrowding or in anticipation of orthodontic work
- Wisdom teeth extraction
- A fractured or otherwise damaged tooth cannot be repaired
- Root canal treatment has been unsuccessful
- A tooth is broken near the gum
- A trauma or accident has occurred and the tooth cannot be saved
What You Should Know about Extractions
We encourage you to ask Dr. Spencer any questions you might have about a tooth extraction. Many patients are concerned about pain, the appearance of their smile, and the health of their remaining teeth.
Patient comfort is a priority, and you will not feel any pain during the extraction because the area will be completely numbed. Dr. Spencer will talk to you about tooth replacement options so you can have a plan in place to restore the form and function of your smile.
Be sure to follow his recommendations after the extraction to promote healing.
If you think you might need a tooth extraction, please give us a call. We look forward to welcoming you to our dental practice!