Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment becomes necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This can be due to deep decay, trauma, defective fillings/crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Contrary to jokes about the matter, modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances.
Dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. There are a number of reasons why this treatment is necessary. Some teeth are extracted because of severe decay, advance periodontal disease, or broken in a way which can not be repaired. Other reasons may include poor positioning (i.e. impacted teeth), extra teeth, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
Removal of teeth can impact your overall dental health with the most obvious effect being esthetics. However missing teeth can also cause shifting of your existing teeth, decreased ability to chew, lost of jaw bone, and even possible facial deformities.
We will be happy to discuss alternative treatments or as well as replacement options in the event the tooth has to be extracted.