Root canal treatment has a reputation for being an unpleasant and painful process. However, advances in modern dentistry mean that it is rarely any more invasive than any other dental procedure. And the truth is that if you are told that you need root canal treatment, it is because it is the best and perhaps the only option that you have for saving your tooth.
Here is what you need to know about root canal treatment and the benefits that it offers patients.
What’s involved in root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment takes place over two separate appointments. During the first, a hole is drilled down into the tooth so that the roots can be accessed. Then your dentist will use special tools to clean any infected material and debris out of the roots and surrounding tissue. If you have an abscess, this will be drained at the same time. After the root canals have been cleaned, they will be enlarged so that they can be filled. Once the root has been filled, it is left to rest and temporarily covered. Impressions will be taken to create your final, permanent cover. You will then be allowed to go home. You may be given antibiotics to take to help manage and prevent further infection.
Around a week later, you will return to your dentist’s office where the temporary cover will be removed, and your dentist will check to make sure that the infection hasn’t returned. Provided it hasn’t, a permanent crown will be placed over the tooth to complete the treatment. If there are any signs of infection, you may need to have a repeat of the first stage of the treatment.
Benefits of root canal treatment
There are a number of important benefits that patients can experience when they undergo root canal treatment.
Prevent the infection from spreading. Bacteria and subsequent infections can spread very infection, and this means that other teeth can become affected, putting them at risk. When you undergo root canal treatment, there is no room for the bacteria to spread, meaning that the infection cannot be transferred to neighboring teeth.
Prevention of jawbone deterioration. When you lose the roots of a tooth, the jawbone is no longer stimulated to remain healthy and will begin to deteriorate. This can affect the quality and density of the bone and cause your face to change shape. However, root canal treatment makes it possible to save the root, preventing issues with the jawbone from arising.
It can save your affected tooth. If you have an infection in your root canal, you are virtually guaranteed to lose your tooth if it isn’t treated. However, if you undergo a root canal, you are very likely to be able to retain your tooth for a considerable amount of time.
High success rate. Around 9 out of 10 teeth that have had root canal treatment will survive for another 8-10 years.
Improve your oral and overall health. Many dental problems can severely impair not only your oral health but also your overall health. When you have any sort of infection in your mouth or teeth, such as gum disease or an infected root canal, bacteria can quickly spread to the bloodstream which acts as a highway to the rest of the body. Patients with poor dental health have been shown to be more likely to go on to develop other chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even some cancers. Getting your root canal infection under control will undoubtedly boost your oral and overall health and wellbeing.
If you would like more information about the benefits of root canal treatment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dentistry team who are ready and waiting to help you achieve better oral health.