Can a Root Canal Save a Natural Tooth from Extraction?
Root canal services can be used to save a natural tooth from extraction in many cases. The primary goal of a root canal procedure is to move the infected or damaged pulp inside the tooth and properly seal it off to prevent further damage. This can often be done without causing any damage to the surrounding teeth. Sometimes, the tooth might need to be extracted. Drs. Jameela Jifri and Ali Mazarei of Harvest Hills Dental Care in East Gwillimbury, Ontario, encourage you to learn more about this procedure and whether or not you may benefit from it.
What Can I Expect from My Root Canal Therapy Procedure?
Root canal therapy usually takes one or two visits to the dentist. Our dentists will clean the damaged pulp and seal the tooth during the first appointment. During the second visit, we will check to ensure that the root canal is sealed and that there is no further damage. Sometimes, dentists will call this procedure “endodontic treatment.”
What are the Risks of Undergoing Root Canal Therapy?
Some risks are associated with root canal therapy, but they are rare. The most common complication is an infection at the site of the root canal. This is often treated with antibiotics. In rare cases, a blood clot might form around the tooth, leading to further complications.
Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?
No, root canal therapy is usually not painful. The area around the tooth may be numb during the procedure, but you should not feel any pain. You may experience minor discomfort and sensitivity for several days after the procedure, but this is usually mild and is treated with over-the-counter pain medications.
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What are the Alternative Options to Root Canal Therapy?
The only alternative to the root canal therapy procedure is tooth extraction. Sometimes, this may be the best option if the tooth is severely damaged or infected. However, it is always best to save a natural tooth whenever possible.
Are You Considering Endodontic Therapy?
This treatment can save a natural tooth from extraction in many cases. This procedure needs to be done by a skilled professional. At Harvest Hills Dental Care, we can help! Call our East Gwillimbury, Ontario office at (365) 659-1008 to request a consultation.
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