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To Root canal or not root canal that is the question………………
The aim of Root canal or Endodontic treatment, as it is known, is to save a badly decayed or infected tooth from needing to be extracted. This is done by cleaning out the inflamed & infected pulp, (the pulp is the soft tissue deep inside the tooth that contains nerves & blood vessels) using special instruments called files. Each root canal is cleaned out & enlarged. Medicaments are also placed inside the root canal to stop the pain & infection. You may need to come back a few times to complete the treatment. A filling or crown is then constructed to protect the treated tooth.
An infected pulp may be the result of:
• Extensive dental work to the tooth.
• Breakdown of a filling or crown.
• Deep decay
• Gum disease
• A crack in the tooth.
• Extreme wear.
Once the pulp of the tooth is infected, there are only two options; remove the infected tooth or a Root Canal treatment. This is one very good reason to get regular check – ups, make an appointment straight away if you break or chip a tooth, even if it doesn’t hurt & get any dental pain checked if it lingers for more than a couple of days. Problems if caught early can be more easily treated without affecting the pulp, preventing the need for a Root Canal………….
So should you have a Root Canal?
Many people choose to not have a Root Canal & have their tooth extracted instead; this can be due to cost, fear or lack of time. If you decide to replace a missing tooth, the best option these days is an implant (artificial tooth roots inserted into the jaw to replace the missing tooth). These are a fantastic alternative to Root Canal in many cases.
If you find yourself with a tooth that cannot be repaired by a simple filling, have a good discussion with your dentist which is the right course of treatment for you personally & if you decide to have a Root Canal make sure you have all the information you need so you are happy in your decision.