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The Benefits of Root Canals

The Benefits of Root Canals

Posted by Craig Cardon on Jul 11 2023, 03:00 AM

A root canal is a common dental procedure performed when the nerve of a tooth has become infected, causing you to experience significant pain and inflammation. This can occur due to deep decay, cracks, trauma, or repeated dental procedures. At Table Mountain Dental, the treatment involves creating a hole to access the inside of the affected tooth and removing the pulp and the nerve tissue inside. Once the infection has been cleaned out, the canal is filled, and the tooth is sealed with a crown to protect it from future damage. This treatment allows you to preserve your natural tooth rather than opting for extraction. 

Symptoms That May Indicate the Need for a Root Canal 

  • Persistent or severe tooth pain, especially when biting or applying pressure, is a common symptom of infected or inflamed dental pulp.
  • Increased sensitivity to hot or cold substances, such as hot beverages or ice cream, can indicate pulp inflammation or infection.
  • If the infected tooth starts to darken or discolor, it may be a sign that the pulp inside the tooth is damaged. The tooth may appear yellow, gray, or black. 
  • A persistent bad breath not alleviated by proper oral hygiene practices or a lingering bad taste in the mouth can be associated with an infected tooth requiring a root canal. 

The Benefits of Root Canals 

Pain Relief and Tooth Preservation 

The primary benefit of a root canal is pain relief. When the dental pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, cracks, or trauma, it can lead to severe toothache and sensitivity. A root canal removes the infected or damaged pulp, eliminating the source of pain and preventing its spread to surrounding tissues. By preserving the natural tooth structure, a root canal enables you to maintain a complete and functional smile. 

Avoiding Tooth Extraction 

One significant advantage of root canals is their ability to save a tooth from extraction. Extracting a tooth may seem simpler but it can affect oral health and overall well-being. Missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift, affect your bite, and lead to bone loss in the jaw. By preserving your natural tooth through a root canal, you can maintain proper dental alignment, prevent further complications, and avoid needing tooth replacement options such as dental implants or bridges. 

Restoring Chewing Function 

A tooth that has undergone a root canal remains intact and functional, allowing you to chew and bite properly. Since the tooth is preserved, it can bear the forces of biting and chewing without discomfort. This means you can enjoy a varied diet, including crunchy and chewy foods, without limitations or discomfort. 

By opting for a root canal instead of a tooth extraction, you can avoid potential complications, maintain proper dental alignment, and enjoy the benefits of a complete smile. To learn more about root canal procedures, visit Table Mountain Dental at 6410 Miller St #15, Arvada, CO 80004, or call (720) 749-271.

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