Do I Really Need a Root Canal?
Tooth pain can be an unbearable experience. Usually before the dentist breaks the news to you, the pain will already have set in and you won't need much convincing that you're in serious need of a root canal treatment. Luckily for you, a root canal is the best case scenario.
The pain you're experiencing is coming from the pressure of decay and infection inside the tooth. The most common cause of the diseased pulp is a cracked tooth or a deep cavity. Both of these scenarios allow germs to build up inside of the tooth, which causes the infection. If left untreated this infection will build at the tip of the root, and then eventually in the jaw bone, causing an abscess filled with puss. This abscess will then begin to deteriorate the jaw bone around the tooth.
What Does a Root Canal Involve?
Knowing that the pain and deterioration can only get worse at this point should be proper motivation for going to the dentist to get the root canal. Now, what does the root canal process entail?
First, the Endodontist will provide localized sedation to make the patient completely comfortable. Most people believe that a root canal means even more pain than you might currently be experiencing, but this is not true. The dentist is here to relieve your pain, and not cause more of it.
A root canal treatment can take a few hours, during which time you will be seated in the dentist chair with your mouth open. You will be allowed to listen to music or a podcast of your choice to help pass the time.
The pulp will then be removed from the tooth. If receiving a crown, the dentist will take a mold of your tooth. If you are not receiving a crown, then the dentist will fill in your tooth and permanently seal it.
Is there an Alternative Treatment?
As mentioned before, a root canal is usually a best case scenario as opposed to having the tooth extracted. Which will later lead to more dental work such as a dental implant, crown or bridge. More dental work means more dental costs.
It's always better to save a tooth if possible, especially since root canal treatment has a 90% success rate. Saving the tooth will prevent future dental complications such as a bad bite from shifting teeth, problems with eating solid food, and a receding jawbone and bone loss.
What Can I Expect After the Root Canal Treatment?
Pain or discomfort may linger for several days after the root canal, but this can be avoided with over the counter pain relievers. Anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen is the best choice to avoid complications with tooth infections. Any further issues will be discussed with between you and the dentist.
You can also discuss any questions with our amazing dental staff. They can answer all and any of your questions. Feel free to call our office at (915) 595-3333, or schedule an appointment by visiting our Contact page and filling out the form. We will be in touch as soon as humanly possible.
1. Dental Implants Improve Your Health
Having missing teeth effects your overall health, not just oral health. According to health research, people without teeth are at risk of cutting their life short by as much as 10 years. Without teeth it is difficult to consume a healthy diet. Eating vegetables and meat is impossible if you are missing a significant amount of teeth.
2. Dental Implants Preserve Your Jaw Bone
The jaw bone receeds when a tooth is missing. Jawbone recession will change the shape of your face and give people a sunken look. Dental implants merge with the bone and preserve the structure of your jawbone.
When the implant is put into your mouth, the bone fuses to the titanium rod. This is a process called osseointegration. As the bone and implant grow together, your jaw bone becomes stronger.
3. Dental Implants Look and Feel Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants are designed to look just like your natural teeth. That’s why you can replace just one and still have your usual smile. This is also why you can replace all your teeth with dental implants, and your smile still looks natural.
Dental implants nearly match the strength of your natural teeth. Which gives you back the biting force you once had. They are strong because they are made of titanium which is a bio-compatible material. Your jaw fuses around the dental implant literally making it part of you jaw. With that anchor, we can restore your implants with crowns, bridges, or dentures.
4. Dental Implants Have A 98% Success Rate
Not everything has a 98 percent success rate, but dental implants do. Most people are good candidates for the procedure, and there is no age limit for them. Follow your dentist’s advice and take care of your dental implants, and your implants will likely have the same results.
Dental Implants in El Paso, TX
Our Dental Implant Dentists in El Paso, TX have the most current training. Dental Implants are the modern answer to failing or missing teeth.
As soon as the natural teeth are removed or fall out, the face begins to age rapidly due to bone loss. If you wait too long, the muscles that let you chew your food begin to shorten to accommodate the reduced space between your nose and your chin. Dental Implants are well known in their ability to stop bone loss and restore facial skeletal structure.
Southwest Celebrity Smiles specialize in restoring smiles with affordable Dental Implants, designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Regain the ability to eat virtually anything and smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Implant supported teeth are the closest thing possible to natural teeth. They look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
Our engaging team members here in El Paso, TX are eager to provide you with long lasting solutions to your dental needs. When you consult a dental implant dentist at Southwest Celebrity Smiles, you are tapping into a wealth of knowledge about cosmetic and dental implant dentistry. Our expertise and skill is a valuable resource for patients who are looking to improve their smiles and enhance their quality of life.
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