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Preserve your beautiful smile with a little help from root canal therapy.
While the words “root canal treatment” might send shivers down your spine it’s really not as stressful as you might think. Despite the fact that movies and TV shows put a humorous spin on root canals they often portray them as scary and painful; however, our Waterford, MI, dentist Dr. Glen Marsack is here to dispel those myths and tell you why root canal therapy may just be the best choice for your smile.
Countless root canal procedures are performed each year, helping to preserve teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted in the near future. Underneath the enamel and dentin layer of the tooth sits a soft structure known as the dental pulp. The dental pulp contains a variety of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. While the pulp is crucial for the development of the tooth, once the tooth has reached maturity the pulp’s job is done. Of course, certain problems can arise that can lead to an infected or damaged dental pulp down the road.
When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected it needs to be removed. Of course, root canal therapy gets a bad reputation but we are here to tell you that it’s really no more invasive than getting a dental filling. In fact, most root canals can be performed in just one or two visits, depending on the severity of the damage and other health factors. Plus, our Waterford, MI, general dentist will numb the area completely before treating the tooth, so you won’t feel a thing.
When you get root canal therapy not only do you save the tooth but also there are so many other benefits to preserving your natural tooth that you won’t be able to achieve if you choose to replace the tooth with an artificial restoration instead. Only a natural tooth is going to be able to provide the proper and natural chewing and biting forces needed.
Also, since a dental crown is placed over the tooth after root canal treatment, this crown will not only improve its strength and durability but it will also protect it from additional wear and tear.
If you are dealing with a persistent toothache, this is a telltale sign that there is something wrong. Call Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, right away so that you can get the treatment you need to protect your oral health.
As a new permanent tooth develops, the roots undergo a process of breakdown and growth. As older cells dissolve (a process called resorption), they’re replaced by newer cells laid down (deposition) as the jaw develops. Once the jaw development ends in early adulthood, root resorption normally stops. It’s a concern, then, if it continues.
Abnormal root resorption most often begins outside of the tooth and works its way in, beginning usually around the neck-like (or cervical) region of the tooth. Also known as external cervical resorption (ECR), the condition usually shows first as pink spots where the enamel is being undermined. As these spots continue to erode, they develop into cavity-like areas.
While its causes haven’t been fully confirmed, ECR has been linked to excessive pressure on teeth during orthodontic treatment, periodontal ligament trauma, teeth-grinding or other excessive force habits, and bleaching techniques performed inside a tooth. Fortunately, ECR is a rare occurrence, and most people who’ve had these problems won’t experience it.
When it does occur, though, it must be treated as quickly as possible because the damage can progress swiftly. Treatment depends on the size and location of the resorption: a small site can often be treated by surgically accessing the tooth through the gum tissue and removing the offending tissue cells. This is often followed with tooth-colored dental material that’s bonded to the tooth to replace lost structure.
A root canal treatment may be necessary if the damage has extended to the pulp, the tooth’s interior. However, there’s a point where the resorption becomes too extensive to save the tooth. In these cases, it may be necessary to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or similar tooth restoration.
In its early stages, ECR may be difficult to detect, and even in cases where it’s been diagnosed more advanced diagnostics like a CBCT scanner may be needed to gauge the extent of damage. In any case, it’s important that you have your teeth examined on a regular basis, at least twice a year. In the rare chance you’ve developed ECR, the quicker it’s found and treatment begun, the better your chances of preserving the tooth.