Most dental patients hear the words ‘root canal’ and shudder.
After all, it is not the most popular dental treatment available! But we think that this judgement is somewhat premature for a lot of people and comes from a place of fear rather than logic.
Root canals have helped to preserve teeth and smiles for over 100 years in dental care, and now, they are more comfortable and less invasive than ever. Thus, you can undergo the procedure and continue your day as usual, with no discomfort and no worries about abscesses or other dental issues recurring.
When you need a root canal, our general dentist Glenside at Glenside Dental will be happy to provide one for you and talk you through the minimal aftercare and preservation of the procedure. We will always ensure that you are comfortable in our clinic and can even offer sedation to nervous patients. Great!
So, what are some of the advantages of having a root canal from our general dentist Glenside? Read on to find out!
It is a myth that a root canal will worsen the discomfort already being experienced. If you have an abscess, a root canal can relieve the discomfort caused by an infected or damaged tooth.
Indeed, many people who have had root canals state that there is some tenderness following the procedure that fades over a few days; however, compared to the sensation of an abscess, this is minor.
Preserves the natural tooth
A root canal allows you to keep your natural tooth, which can be important for maintaining a proper bite and preventing other teeth from shifting.
When you have a tooth removed, rather than have a root canal, the jawbone underneath it will shrink, causing the surrounding teeth to move out of their original alignment. This can increase the chances of tooth decay and gum disease and also have an impact on the aesthetic of your smile.
Prevents further damage
By removing infected or damaged tissue from the inside of the tooth, a root canal can prevent further damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues and prevent the need for invasive and extensive work. It can also stop the jaw bone from becoming deformed, which can occur with recurring abscesses.
In many cases, a root canal is a more cost-effective option compared to extraction and replacement with an artificial tooth like a dental implant.
Indeed, even if you opt to have the tooth removed and do not have it replaced with anything, this can increase the chances of you needing to pay for fillings or crowns in the future due to the gap in your mouth.
Quick recovery time
Many of our patients can return to work or other activities after having a root canal. As mentioned earlier, there may be some tenderness, but this should not be long-lived. If you notice the sensation worsening or not relieving itself, you should book an appointment with our general dentist Glenside as soon as possible.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.