Root Canal Therapy vs. Tooth Extraction
Bacteria is the leading cause of most dental problems. When bacteria build up on the teeth and gums, it will gradually damage the tooth enamel. This condition is known as tooth decay.
Tooth decay can be treated, but if it is not, the problem will progress and get worse. Eventually, bacteria can make their way to the pulp of the tooth, where nerves and blood vessels reside. An infection at the pulp of the tooth is known as a root canal infection.
Root canal therapy is the only effective way to treat a root canal infection and save the natural tooth. For patients looking for alternates to root canal therapy, the only other option is tooth extraction.
Dr. Patrick Casey helps patients understand the differences regarding root canal therapy vs. tooth extraction at our Montreal, QC dental practice so that they can make an informed decision about root canal infection treatment.
Root Canal Therapy
Most of the information that people receive about root canal therapy is untrue. This procedure is a safe and effective treatment for a root canal infection. And with proper care, treatment should be completely pain-free for the patient.
Dr. Casey begins each root canal therapy procedure by adequately numbing the tooth and gum at the treatment site. If necessary, sedation dentistry can also be used to further improve the patient’s comfort.
When anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Casey will create a small hole on the biting surface of the tooth. He will use this hole to remove all damaged and infected tissues from the center of the tooth. The inner tooth, including the root canals, will then be cleaned and disinfected.
After the tooth has been cleaned, Dr. Casey will fill the pulp chamber with a rubber-like compound called gutta percha. The gutta percha will help the treated tooth maintain its structure and seal it off. For added strength and protection, we recommend that a dental crown be placed over the treated tooth.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy offers patients a number of benefits. Most notably, root canal therapy eliminates infection, restores the strength and structure of the tooth, and preserves its root system.
The roots stimulate the jaw and prevent jaw bone degeneration, so it is best to keep the natural tooth roots whenever possible.
Tooth extraction is the complete removal of the crown and roots of a tooth. This procedure is performed with the use of local anesthetic and, if requested, sedation, to maximize patient comfort.
Although patients should not feel pain during this procedure, they may feel some pressure. Following tooth extraction, the tooth socket will be completely empty, so it is recommended that patients have a dental restoration placed to preserve the strength, function, and beauty of the smile.
Benefits of Tooth Extraction
We recommend that the natural tooth be saved whenever possible. However, if a tooth is damaged beyond repair, or if the roots of the tooth are no longer viable, tooth extraction is a good treatment option. Tooth extraction can prevent dental complications from spreading to adjacent teeth and allow for the placement of a strong and durable dental restoration.
If you are suffering from a root canal infection and would like to know if your tooth can be saved, it is time to schedule a dental exam with Dr. Patrick Casey. Call (514) 937-6558 or contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about your treatment options.