Root canals are best avoided. In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, root canal therapy, your tooth can be saved. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health.
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Root canal treatment requires between one to three visits. The initial steps involve removal of infected pulp tissue from inside the tooth. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned, sanitized and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth has extensive decay, your doctor may suggest lacing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking.
As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. Dr. Tan can discuss safer alternatives to root canals including implants that offer superior longevity, cavity resistance and much less risk.