The Benefits of Endodontic Treatment
By Eugene D. Stanislaus on March 16, 2017
Infections of the teeth and gum can be quite serious, resulting in major discomfort and problems to general wellness. Thankfully there are different options for dealing with dental infections. When patients come to our Brooklyn practice complaining of pain or discomfort, we diagnose the problem and then carry out the appropriate treatment.
To treat infections that affect the pulp inside of a tooth, the most common option to consider is root canal therapy. Let's go over the basics of endotontic therapy and then cover its many benefits.
What Is Endodontic Therapy?
Endodontic therapy is another way of saying root canal therapy. During endodontic therapy, the infected pulp inside of a tooth is removed. The tooth's interior is sterilized and then filled to prevent further infection from occurring. The tooth is then capped with a crown to restore a patient's ability to bite and chew normally.
Relieves Serious Dental Pain
One primary benefit of endodontic therapy is that it relieves the pain and discomfort associated with root canal infections. This allows patients to go about their daily routine without experienced serious pain.
Saves a Tooth from Extraction
Without endodontic therapy, the only feasible treatment for an infected tooth would be extraction. Rather than removing a tooth, root canal treatment allows patients to keep the tooth and avoid the need for a large space in their smile, a bridge, or an implant-supported crown.
Prevents Spread of Infection
If a tooth is infected and it is not treated, the infection can spread to the gum tissue and the jawbone. This can cause plenty of problems for general wellness. Endodontic therapy keeps the infection under control and prevents the need for more involved treatments for other structures of your mouth.
Preserves More of Your Natural Tooth Structure
The more natural tooth structure you can keep, the better it is for overall dental health. Rather than lose a tooth, your retain the natural tooth thanks to endodontic therapy. This means less potential impact on the gum tissue, your jawbone, and adjacent teeth.
Improves the Appearance of Your Smile
An infected tooth can look unsightly in some cases. A gap left by a missing tooth can also lead to aesthetic problems. Endodontic therapy concludes with a tooth being capped by a crown. If the crown is made of tooth-colored materials, you'll be able to smile, speak, and laugh without anyone noticing you've undergone dental work.
The Treatment Is Short and Simple
While root canal therapy has a notorious reputation for being lengthy and painful, in reality the procedure is pretty simple and quick. Anesthetic helps reduce discomfort during the procedure, and modern main relievers can help manage discomfort once the treatment is done. If anything, the temporary soreness following a root canal is more acceptable than the pain associated with an infected tooth.
Contact Brooklyn Heights Dental®
If you would like more information about root canal therapy as well as other advanced treatments in dentistry, we encourage you to contact the dentists at Brooklyn Heights Dental® today. Our team is here to help you smile with renewed confidence.
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