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Just a reminder Dr. Bedi, our orthodontist, is here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you know anyone in need of orthodontic services please send them our way. For any patient that you refer who commits to treatment, we will say thanks to you with a $50 gas card!!
Extraction vs Root Canal Treatment?
There can be many reasons why a patient may need a root canal treatment (RCT).
If a patient has a broken tooth or a large cavity that is close to or involved with the nerve of the tooth, a RCT may be indicated. Sometimes trauma to a tooth can cause the nerve to be inflamed or irritated and it can actually start to die and need a RCT. When this happens, the tissues around the tooth can become infected, often resulting in pain and swelling. At this point patients may notice a small bump or pimple around the affected tooth.
When this occurs, patients have two choices. They can either have an extraction or a root canal treatment. Extractions are the less expensive option but are rarely the recommended treatment. Extracting a tooth will remove the infection but can cause other problems. When you remove a tooth, without replacing it, the teeth around it can shift from their normal position. When this happens it causes an imbalance or improper bite. This can making chewing difficult. It can cause spaces to form in between teeth that catch food, leading to cavities and gum disease. It can also cause the opposing tooth to hyper erupt which eventually may lead to loss of that tooth as well.
So what does a RCT entail? Many have heard horrible stories about root canals and how painful they are. The truth is it isn't that bad! The pain associated with root canal treatments is usually due to the pain of the cavity. Often times the patient waited too long, and the pain can become unbearable. In some cases this infection can raise the pH and make it difficult to numb the tooth. If this is the case, Dr. Tomei and Dr. Weatherhead will prescribe antibiotics to relieve some of the infection and pain before starting the RCT. Most patients say to us after their first RCT... "really that was it?"
First the dentist will numb the tooth. Then he or she will remove the cavity and pulp (nerve). A filling material or a crown will be placed over the tooth. That's it! To you it feels like having any other filling done, just takes a little longer. If the RCT is done on a posterior tooth, we typically recommend a crown to protect it. When the nerve is removed, the tooth is no longer vital and therefore is more fragile.