Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy
There are many people who have reservations in regard to dental treatment, and there is probably no dental procedure that is more feared than root canal therapy. However, when performed by a skilled and experienced restorative dentist, such as Dr. Mark Caggiano, root canal therapy is a painless procedure that can rid the tooth of infection and greatly improve a patient’s oral health. Root canal therapy offers many benefits for our Seattle patients; it can improve the structure, function, and health of your smile.
While many patients dread hearing that they are in need of root canal therapy, many don’t actually know what root canal therapy involves. Root canal therapy is an extensive cleaning of the entire tooth, including its roots. Although root canal therapy is one of the more invasive restorative dental treatments, it is done with the patient under local anesthetic, so the entire treatment can be performed without discomfort. During root canal therapy, infected tooth material is removed from the center of the tooth, the length of the tooth’s roots are cleaned, and a dental compound is used to fill in and support the center of the tooth. Finally, a dental crown, or cap, is placed over the treated tooth to offer a final layer of protection and support.
Root canal therapy can prevent more extensive oral health problems, as well as the need for more costly and time consuming dental work. Patients who undergo root canal therapy to rid a tooth of infection will benefit from:
- Improved overall oral health
- Prevention of tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction
- Relief from uncomfortable root canal infection symptoms such as swollen gums, oral pain, increased tooth sensitivity, and bad breath
- Improved tooth strength and restoration of full oral functions
- Preservation of the tooth’s natural roots
- Protection against future root canal infections and preservation of healthy adjacent teeth
In addition to these benefits, root canal therapy is an affordable dental treatment option, especially when compared to the cost of extracting a damaged tooth and then replacing it with a dental restoration such as a bridge. By undergoing root canal therapy, patients can extend the health and life of the tooth and avoid even more invasive restorative dental treatments.
There really are no alternate treatment options to root canal therapy other than to ignore the problem, or to go ahead and have the tooth removed. Neither of these are a great option. Ignoring the problem will further threaten the health of the infected tooth as well as those around it. Removing the tooth will address the infection, but it is best to avoid extraction, if possible.
Root canal therapy is a beneficial restorative treatment that can significantly, and painlessly improve a patient’s oral health. If you would like to learn more about root canal therapy and its oral health benefits, contact us at your earliest convenience. Dr. Mark Caggiano would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!