Do You Need Root Canal Or Tooth Extraction?
You have a severe toothache. It’s making it hard for you to eat. It’s making it hard to enjoy your morning coffee.
It’s making it hard to do anything.
So, what should you do? Should you have your tooth removed or should you get a root canal treatment?
That’s not a question anyone can answer without knowing more about your specific situation. However, we can say at Hubbard & Leath Dental that we prefer a root canal treatment to tooth extraction whenever it’s possible to save your tooth.
But there are times when your tooth is too far gone and extraction is the best option for your oral health.
If you come to our dentist office in Rochester, MI, you can rest assured that our professional staff will recommend the treatment that is best for you.
Signs Of An Infected Tooth
In many cases, tooth infections are preventable. Many infections develop as the result of untreated tooth decay or gum disease.
The infection occurs when bacteria are able to eat into your tooth. As the decay goes deeper inside, it may reach either the pulp chamber or the root canal, an opening in the root of your tooth where blood vessels and nerves enter your teeth.
These innermost parts of your teeth also contain dental pulp. This a soft connective tissue. If bacteria attacks your pulp, it can become inflamed, and that can be painful for you.
The pain may be a lingering ache. It may become sharper when you put pressure on your tooth, such as when you are biting or chewing. It may become more sensitive to cold or heat, which would explain why it hurts to drink your morning coffee.
Taking the steps to prevent cavities and gum disease will make it much less likely that you will have a tooth infection. If you should have tooth decay or gum disease, it’s best to treat it early before it can cause the kind of infection described above.
There is another way you can develop an infected tooth that you should know about. The innermost parts of your tooth can become exposed if you break a tooth and the break is deep.
Of course, this kind of break should be considered a dental emergency. This is another time when you should call Hubbard & Leath Dental for assistance.
When To Get A Root Canal Treatment
As dentists, we want our patients to keep their teeth. A root canal treatment is often a safe and effective way to keep your tooth in place for years to come.
During a root canal treatment, our goal is to end your suffering. To do this, we need to remove the infection from your tooth.
The first step in this process is numbing your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue or using dental sedation. Either option will ensure that you don’t feel any pain during this procedure.
The next step is removing the infected pulp along with the nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth. We create an opening in your tooth and use special tools to remove the pulp.
We then sanitize the inside of your tooth and use a special filling material. This helps your tooth maintain its shape and reduces your risk of a secondary infection.
We end the procedure by sealing your tooth with a filling or a dental crown. As you heal, you should notice the pain decreasing and going away.
When To Have A Tooth Removed
Tooth extraction is a serious step. It’s not something that we will recommend unless we are convinced it is the best option for your long-term oral health.
Extraction is a good idea when the tooth has been so damaged that it can’t be saved or when leaving the tooth in place could put other teeth at risk.
If you do undergo tooth removal, then we also recommend replacing your tooth as well. With dental implants and a dental crown, you can have fully functioning replacement tooth.
This kind of tooth replacement also looks natural, so you won’t have to feel self-conscious about your smile.
Treatment You Can Trust
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, our patients are our priority. We only want to do what is best for your oral health, whether that is a root canal, a tooth extraction, or another procedure.
Make an appointment at our dentist office in Rochester, MI, as soon as possible if you have been suffering from tooth pain. The sooner you see us, the sooner we can help.