The Risk of Tooth Loss after Root Canal Infection
By Patrick Casey on May 31, 2016
Root canal therapy is a highly effective procedure that can restore the health of an infected tooth with minimal discomfort for the patient. This is just one example of a restorative dentistry treatment that enhances the strength and health of the tooth to prevent more advanced dental complications. Without root canal therapy, patients are vulnerable to serious oral health problems, including tooth loss. Tooth loss following root canal infection is a serious risk for our Montreal, QC patients. While it is always our goal to prevent tooth loss, Drs. Charles and Patrick Casey do offer tooth loss treatment options for those who have missing teeth as a result of root canal infection.
The Risks of a Root Canal Infection
A root canal infection can develop when the tooth’s outer layer of enamel becomes compromised to the point that bacteria is able to work its way to the center of the tooth. This area of the tooth, which is known as the “pulp” of the tooth, contains sensitive nerves and tissues. As bacteria multiply, the pulp can become inflamed and infected. A root canal infection can lead to side effects such as swelling, tooth pain, and heightened sensitivity. However, even more important is the fact that root canal infections threaten the health of the tooth and increase the risk of tooth loss.
Does a Root Canal Infection Always Result in Tooth Loss?
There is a common misconception that root canal infections always lead to tooth loss or the need for a dental extraction. In some cases this misunderstanding leads patients to neglect necessary dental care. In other cases, patients may be too afraid to seek treatment. It is important for people to understand that, with early intervention, a root canal infection can almost always be effectively treated, and with minimal discomfort for the patient. Root canal therapy is a straightforward procedure that can save a tooth and prevent the need for costly dental restorations to replace missing teeth.
What to Do When Tooth Loss Occurs
Although many root canal infections can be successfully treated, it is not uncommon for patients to suffer tooth loss as the result of a root canal infection. When tooth loss does occur, the main goal of dental treatment is to protect the strength, health, and integrity of the adjacent teeth. In order to do this, the missing tooth (or teeth) must be replaced.
Our dentists offer a number of restorative dentistry treatments that address tooth loss, including dental implants. Dental implants are preferred because of the numerous advantages they offer. Dental implants are the most durable restorative treatment available, the attached restorations can be cleaned and cared for just as the natural teeth, and they prevent the deterioration of the jawbone. Our dentists are happy to discuss this treatment option in further detail with those patients who have experienced tooth loss.
Schedule an Appointment
Whether you are suffering from a root canal infection or have already suffered from tooth loss as a result of an infection, Drs. Charles and Patrick Casey can restore the health and strength of your smile. To learn more about our comprehensive range of restorative dentistry treatments, including treatments for tooth loss, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.
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