There are many benefits of having a root canal treatment; it’s main purpose is the attempt to eliminate pain and other issues like sensitivity or discomfort by dealing with the source of the inflammation. When successful, It will protect your general health, since a dental infection left untreated can lead to more dangerous issues like abscesses or even sepsis.
A root canal treatment aims to save the natural tooth, which is always more preferable than pulling it. While there are various ways of replacing a missing tooth effectively and aesthetically, this should always be the last resort a dentist chooses after it becomes clear that a tooth cannot be saved anymore.
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When is a root canal treatment needed?
A root canal treatment or root canal therapy — is a required dental procedure for when the soft inner tissue of the tooth (the pulp) is inflamed or infected. This can occur because of decay, when a tooth becomes chipped, cracked or otherwise injured, or even on account of continual dental procedures to that tooth. A root canal treatment is very often a workable, and even practical, method of saving a tooth and preventing tooth extraction.
Why not just extract the tooth?
A root canal treatment involves removing the inner damaged pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the remaining tooth, and then filling in and sealing that tooth.
The reason for saving a tooth by way of a root canal treatment is because that a dead natural tooth still offers benefits in your mouth. For example, it can help anchor other neighbouring teeth, and it might also be required for setting a bridge, where an artificial tooth is fastened between two natural teeth.
When is an extraction the only option?
Sometimes your dentist simply can’t save a tooth, and it needs to be removed. This may be the case if you have a very large cavity that compromises too much of your tooth’s structure, making it too weak to repair. If your tooth has a severe fracture, extraction may be the best option here as well.