22 Apr Not sure of the benefits of a root canal? Our dentist at Dental Beauty Southgate explains the main 5
When you are recovering from a dental infection, chances are you are willing to undertake almost anything to prevent another one from recurring.
And while dental technologies and treatments have advanced beyond having an infected tooth extracted, we would be lying if we said that many of our patients showed enthusiasm about the alternative.
With over 100 years of use in dental clinics, endodontics or root canals have saved thousands of smiles from awkward gaps and have preserved the overall health of the mouth. Yet, media and patient perception of this simple procedure make it less popular than ever.
At Dental Beauty Southgate, our dentist in Southgate can help you if you need a root canal to recover from an oral infection, or if you need one as part of another restorative procedure. We will take the time to ensure that it is fitted correctly, ensuring that your oral health is restored to its former glory. Brilliant!
So, are there any other advantages of having our dentist in Southgate perform a root canal if needed? Read on to find out!
One advantage that a root canal can offer you is aesthetic.
Once it has been performed by our dentist in Southgate, the tooth it is under will not look any different. To ensure it stays in place, we will secure it with either a porcelain veneer, filling or crown, adding another layer of protection to your tooth.
As odd as it may sound, it can be very bad for your oral hygiene to have a missing tooth or teeth.
As an extraction leads to a gap, this would cause plaque and bacteria to build up on the surrounding teeth and may provide a hiding spot for bacteria that could lead to gingivitis. And so, rather than have a plaque-attracting gap, it is actually more hygienic long-term for your dental health to have a root canal.
Once again, a root canal is also a preventive procedure.
How? Assuming you have had a dental infection, it will not only remove the infected debris from the tooth but will also stop the debris from spreading into surrounding soft tissues and will
stop the infection from spreading.
Not only this but as we mentioned before, it will also prevent the infection from recurring at a later date, which extraction may be unable to do; bacteria may still be lingering in the socket of an extracted tooth so the infection may return.
Part of the root canal (the filling) is to prevent the tooth from cracking and this is the restorative aspect.
This allows us to restore your tooth to its full strength, so you can bite and chew with it as you did before the infection occurred.
If you were to choose an extraction, you would then have the secondary worry related to how to conceal and restore the gap; oral implants or fitted bridges are common options.
But these are pricey, making a root canal more affordable for most people.