Which is better, root canal or extraction?
When the decay from the tooth becomes huge and invasive, the dentist will usually pose 2 options to the patient. Root canal treatment (Root Filling) or tooth removal.The whole point of root canal therapy is to try to save a tooth, not to remove it.
Your tooth and roots are not removed. The canals are cleaned and shaped on the inside only. The nerve tissue and pulp are removed along with some of the inside part of the root to ensure all the bacteria have been removed. If patients have the motivation to attend multiple dental visits and can afford the dental bill, usually RCT would be the preferred choice. Some dentists will do root canal treatment which is too difficult for them. This is especially true for back teeth – these are usually much more difficult than front teeth. Front teeth are easier because they generally only have one canal (back teeth usually have 3 or more, and sometimes a canal can be missed) the canal tends to be quite straight (unlike canals in back teeth).
A common myth: Root canal treatment doesn't cause pain — it relieves it! Most patients see their dentist when they have a severe toothache. The toothache can be caused by damaged tissues in the tooth. Root canal treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.
Once you have received root canal therapy, you will need to make follow-up appointments to have a permanent filling or crown put on the tooth. The temporary filling that is placed after the pulp has been removed will protect the root from infection for only a short time. A permanent filling or crown must be placed to ensure that bacteria don't leak into the canal.
The truth: There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. A root canal is a safe and efficient procedure. When a severe infection in a tooth requires endodontic treatment, that treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth.
How much will the procedure cost?
The cost varies depending on how complex the problem is and which tooth is affected. Molars are more difficult to treat; the fee is usually more. Most dental insurance policies provide some coverage for endodontic treatment.Generally, endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth are less expensive than the alternative of having the tooth extracted. An extracted tooth must be replaced with an implant or bridge to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These procedures tend to cost more than endodontic treatment and appropriate restoration.
Endodontic treatment (“endo” – inside; “dont” – tooth), commonly known as root canal treatment, or root filling needed when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The causes could be deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures on one tooth (replacing a large filling, for example), or traumatic damage such as a crack, chip or even a root fracture. Gum disease can also give rise to root canal problems necessitating root canal treatment.
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