When you have had a dental infection, you will probably be willing to try almost anything to ensure that you never experience that particular sensation again. After all, it is not pleasant!
However, if you are like most dental patients, when presented with the 2 options to treat a dental infection, you may be more prone to choosing extraction, even though the other option can keep your smile looking better, help with oral hygiene long term and will not result in orthodontic shifts.
Of course, we are talking about root canals!
When you come to our team at Kooringal Dental, if you need to have a root canal performed by our dentist Wagga, you will be in good hands. We pride ourselves on making sure that all of the dental treatments that we offer are as comfortable as possible, and if you have any questions or concerns, just ask!
However, we know that you may not be convinced, so here, our dentist Wagga provides some advantages of undergoing a root canal.
A root canal can help to relieve the severe discomfort caused by an infected or damaged tooth.
Indeed, abscesses anywhere in the mouth are not likely to be comfortable, and so, when our dentist Wagga performs a root canal, any unpleasant sensation will cease afterwards. But you should note that you may experience some soreness around the tooth for a few days, which is completely normal.
A root canal allows the damaged or infected portion of the tooth to be removed and the remaining healthy parts of the tooth to be preserved. Indeed, as most abscesses are caused by an infected pulp, a root canal allows our team to remove this part and will fill the canal with a substance known as gutta-percha, which allows the tooth to be preserved and to be used as it was before the infection.
Prevention of further infection
By removing the infected or damaged parts of the tooth, a root canal can stop the infection from spreading to other parts of your mouth or the body, which can be life-threatening.
It is not a nice thought, but some very unlucky people who have had a dental abscess, who then have the entire tooth removed, may go on to develop a secondary infection due to the extraction. A root canal bypasses all of that and keeps your mouth healthy.
In most cases, a root canal is less expensive in the long run than having a damaged or infected tooth extracted and replaced with an artificial tooth, such as a bridge or implant. Also, after a tooth is removed, your surrounding teeth are likely to shift, potentially causing orthodontic issues, which may then need to be treated with Invisalign or even braces.
So, long term, by having a root canal you bypass all of these additional costs!
A root canal can help to preserve the natural appearance of the tooth, as it allows it to be restored rather than replaced. Indeed, it surpasses the appearance of a gap in your smile, especially at the front of the mouth, and you don’t have to worry about your tooth turning black following a root canal; that’s a myth, we promise!
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.