Saving any teeth that have been knocked out or damaged is about more than aesthetics. In fact, saving your teeth will preserve your natural smile, the way you talk, and the way you eat. Your teeth impact more of your life than you think! If you ever find yourself in a situation where you’ve experienced a traumatic dental injury, understanding how to save your tooth can mean the difference between having to get a prosthetic tooth and keeping your natural one.
Why save my natural tooth?
Choosing to save your natural tooth is the best choice because it’s more affordable. It also helps you maintain your natural bite force, chewing, oral anatomy, and keeps a natural appearance.
Endodontic treatment can usually be completed in a couple of visits that are no more than an hour each. Choosing an extraction might mean you only have one initial visit, but you’ll require several subsequent visits to be fitted for a denture or implant.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment should always be the choice you make before opting for an extraction. This because no prosthetic or denture will feel or work as well as your natural tooth. If a tooth is removed, it has to have a replacement, otherwise, the surrounding teeth could shift. This could cause issues with your bite. RCT is performed by entering the tooth through a small hole, removing the root and any damaged or infected pulp, cleaning it, and refilling with a substance called gutta-percha.
Today’s root canal treatment isn’t as painful as the reputation it has. Anesthesia and other pain management techniques have made it nearly painless, and when you choose an experienced endodontist like Dr. Marsheh, you can trust you’ll be in good hands. In fact, most people report more pain with an extraction than with RCT.
If you’ve seen a dentist who recommends extraction, we recommend you contact our team at Madison Avenue Endodontics. Dr. Marsheh is very experienced in saving teeth and is dedicated to giving his patients the best care possible.