Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, a Gastonia Dental Group dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by performing a root canal, or to extract it.

There are several factors that impact this determination. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of gum disease.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

The root canal is the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown placement. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth.

A root canal is ordinarily the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has acute decay or damage. Root canals have a very high success rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. A tooth with curved roots is harder to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Because there is always a slight risk that a root canal can fail, some patients ask if they should just get a dental implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is necessary, talk with us about the pros and cons of each procedure. At Gastonia Dental Group we perform root canals and offer dental implants. Schedule a consultation with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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Saving Teeth

Root Canals in GastoniaWhen a tooth is threatened by acute decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, one of our dentists at Gastonia Dental Group has to make a judgment call about treatment. If the tooth’s pulp is infected or inflamed, a root canal is generally the only way to save the tooth.

During a root canal  (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is taken out. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are taken out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The concluding processes are the core build-up and crown.

At Gastonia Dental Group, we use strong, natural-looking crowns that blend flawlessly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular checkups, a tooth with a filled root can often function issue-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

Root canal therapy has a very high success rate, and is among the services provided at Gastonia Dental Group. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054

 

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It’s Not The End Of The World: Root Canals in Gastonia

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Root canals may be among the most feared procedures in dentistry. At Gastonia Dental Group, there is no need for concern.

A successful root canal (technically known as endodontic treatment) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. They’re needed when there is inflammation or an infection in the root of the tooth.

If, after a thorough evaluation, one of our dentists determines that a tooth is going to need a root canal, he or she will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Root canals have a bad reputation, but they are usually a straightforward procedure.

During the root canal, the nerve and pulp of the infected tooth is removed. The interior is cleaned and disinfected. This area is known as the canal. Next is it filled and sealed with a special rubbery material. Finally, the restored tooth is protected with a crown or filling.

Most people dread the thought of getting a root canal, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are several effective pain management methods available at Gastonia Dental Group. From local painkillers and numbing agents to oral sedation, we will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected area is repaired, your dentist will focus on helping the oral site heal, which may require another visit.

If you have a tooth that is bothering you, don’t put it off. It will not get better on its own. Call Gastonia Dental Group and let us know what’s going on. In addition to oral surgery, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Gastonia Dental Group:

704-800-0303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2205 E Franklin Blvd Ste 110
Gastonia, North Carolina
28054