How successful is root canal treatment?
Damage to the tooth that extends to the pulp chamber housed in the tooth’s root, potentially exposing the root to harmful bacteria, often necessitates a root canal treatment to preserve the tooth. Because the pulp contains the tooth’s nerve center, infections in the area can be extremely painful. Furthermore, those infections can spread elsewhere in the body via the bloodstream, so it’s important to eliminate them.
In performing a root canal, the dentist will clean out the diseased pulp then seal the empty chamber using an inert rubber-like substance called gutta percha. A temporary filling is placed to close the gap created to access the pulp chamber.
To further protect the tooth, the dentist will place a crown after the root canal is complete. It’s important to have the crown placed as soon as possible after the root canal, as the tooth is very fragile until the crown is in place.
In most cases, the tooth can be saved with a root canal procedure, and teeth that undergo this treatment tend to last as long as the rest of the patient’s natural teeth.
Additional injury or recurrent deep decay can jeopardize the long-term success of a root canal, but the treatment can be repeated if necessary. Also, patients can take steps to promote good outcomes from the root canal by taking the basic steps that prevent decay, like proper brushing and flossing.
Root canals have a bad reputation for being painful, but that’s a thing of the past. The methods of modern dentistry have made root canals as painless as having a cavity filled. Local anesthetic is used, and patients who still remain fearful of the procedure may also choose sedation for a better experience.
Root canal treatment can help you save a damaged natural tooth, which is always preferable to extraction and tooth replacement. If you have significant decay or damage to a tooth consider this option carefully. Talk to our dental professionals at Dallas Dental Concierge to get a better idea of what you can expect from the procedure.
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