Two of the procedures that one of our Laurich dentists can use to treat your teeth are root canals and tooth extraction. In order to make an informed decision about whether to go for a root canal or tooth extraction, it is crucial for you to learn more about these methods first.
How is Root Canal Performed?
Once the area is numb, your dentist makes an opening in the affected tooth to remove the dead or diseased pulp. After that, the pulp chambers will be cleaned to ensure that no bacteria are left behind. A dental material will then be used to fill the pulp chambers.
To help restore your tooth’s strength and appearance, a crown will be placed on top of it. Depending on your situation, you might need to schedule multiple dental visits to complete the procedure.
You will feel some discomfort and pain for several days after the procedure, but this should be managed easily with an over-the-counter painkiller. So if your pain is too severe or intermittent, see your dentist immediately.
How is Tooth Extraction Done?
Your dentist will numb the area so you won’t feel any pain during the entire procedure. If your tooth is still intact in its socket, your dentist will loosen it up using an elevator, which is a lever-like appliance. To officially remove your tooth, forceps will be used. While this is happening, you’ll feel a bit of pressure.
Once your tooth has been extracted, you need to bite on a piece of gauze for up to 45 minutes to clot the naturally occurring blood flow. Expect to experience light bleeding that can last for 24 hours and facial swelling. You can help reduce the inflammation and bleeding with ice packs.
Also, you have to stick to cool and soft foods when you start eating again so the extraction site won’t be irritated. Don’t worry — you can slowly get back to your regular diet as you heal gradually.
When Should Your Teeth Be Saved or Extracted?
Root canals are used to save teeth that have diseased, damaged or dead pulp but are viable to your mouth. If you develop a deep cavity or you cracked your tooth, the innermost layer of your teeth known as pulp can be damaged. In turn, this can lead to swelling, infection or the death of your pulp’s tissue.
However, there are times when a experts at Laurich Dentistry cannot save your tooth, so it must be removed instead. These instances include when you have a severe fracture in your tooth and when you have a large cavity that comprises your tooth’s structure. If you have a crack in your tooth that extends below your gum line, you are also a prime candidate for tooth extraction.
Once your tooth has been examined, your dentist will suggest the most appropriate treatment method. If you have any concerns about their recommendation, consider talking to your dentist. Remember that making a choice between these two methods is a difficult one, but your dentist will help you figure out the best choice for you and your tooth. Contact us today to make a dental appointment!