March 29, 2019
When you have a severe toothache, it can be overwhelmingly painful. You just want the pain to go away, and you may think that it would be easier and better to get your tooth removed altogether. So now you’re faced with a tough decision of whether to get your tooth extracted. It’s hard to say goodbye to your natural tooth and consider the unflattering gap that will be left over. You may have another option that could allow you to keep your tooth. Root canals in Worthington could save your damaged teeth from extraction and give you the relief that you need.
You may have just visited the dentist and discovered that the pulp, or deepest most sensitive layer of your tooth, is infected or damaged. If the tooth isn’t decayed or is in decent enough condition to remain in your mouth, a root canal may be the option for you. Although there’s a common myth that root canals can be painful, in reality they provide you with relief from the searing toothache that you’ve been experiencing and are practically painless procedures.
So how does a root canal work? Your dentist numbs the area around your tooth before they begin the procedure. Using special instruments, they clean out the pulp of your tooth to make sure that no bacteria is left over. After that, they fill the area to replace the pulp so it can function just like before.
Typically, tooth extractions are your last resort because you can’t get your natural tooth back once it’s been removed. If your infected tooth has suffered irreparable damage, your dentist may suggest that it be removed because a root canal cannot be performed on it. The after effects of a tooth extraction could include bleeding, face swelling and a change in diet for a few days. It can impact your ability to eat or alter your jaw bone density. Be aware that after this procedure, it could take two or more weeks to fully recover so it’s important to gently brush and floss around the affected area.
Work With Your Dentist To Find What’s Right For You
While both procedures could be beneficial depending on your situation, your dentist in Worthington can ultimately point you towards the right option for you. While many people believe that undergoing an extraction can save them from having a root canal, that’s not always the case. Not only will you have a longer recovery time, but you’ll also have to alter your day-to-day life while your gums heal for weeks after.
Once you make the decision to remove a natural tooth, you can never get it back. Although modern dental technology can give you options that look natural, it will ultimately cost you more money in the long run. Saving your natural teeth is imperative for your oral health. Don’t wait to discuss your symptoms with your dentist, instead, catch the small problems before they get larger.
About the Author
Dr. LJ Adam has been serving his community of Worthington for over a decade. By continuing his education and keeping up with new dental advancements, he is able to provide his patients with high-quality treatment. He is dedicated to making each of his patient’s visits personal and unique so he can give the best care to them. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or contact him at 724-954-3394.
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