What Are The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy?
There are plenty of benefits in favor of a root canal procedure. With the proper care, most teeth that go through root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
What is Root Canal?
Though the term root canal may sound somewhat ominous, the procedure itself is nowhere near as scary. In fact, it is a therapy that millions of people go through every year. In short, it is an alternative to a tooth extraction but less invasive and far less painful. Instead of extracting the damaged or diseased tooth, a root canal focuses on repairing it from the inside out.
The tooth has a hard exterior, made out of white enamel and an additional solid layer called dentin. The innermost part of the tooth is soft tissue called pulp. The pulp is of connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels, which help your teeth develop. But once the tooth reaches maturity, it can survive without it, relying instead on the surrounding tissue. During a root canal; the pulp is extracted.
Even though the procedure is slightly more complicated than a routine filling, it is relatively painless. It is extremely effective and can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the initial state of the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
There are plenty of benefits in favor of a root canal procedure as opposed to tooth extraction. For starters, it is far less painful than the alternative, and most patients experience no pain during it. It also leaves far less discomfort during the recovery period.
Secondly, a root canal requires fewer checkups and no future procedures such as a denture, bridge, or implant, which usually follow a tooth extraction. Added together, pulling out a tooth is more expensive.
Last but not least, your primary tooth will still be there, with only a crown put over it to cover the filling inside. These crowns will be made to appear exactly how your tooth looked like before it had any problems, allowing you to smile and normally eat once again.
With the proper care, most teeth that went through one such root canal treatment can last a lifetime. If you are noticing any pain or visible signs of decay, it is highly recommended that you contact a dentist to schedule an appointment.
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