Dead on Arrival: Making the Decision to Have a Root Canal

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Dead on Arrival: Making the Decision to Have a Root Canal

It is easy to have misgivings about certain things if you have preconceived ideas in your head

and root canal treatments is a good example of a procedure that some people are immediately

fearful of as soon as they hear the term mentioned.

Whether your treatment is covered by someone like or not, it makes

sense to find out exactly what is involved with root canal work before making any sort of decision

on whether to go ahead and act on your dentist’s recommendation.

Why You Might Need Root Canal Treatment
Dead on Arrival: Making the Decision to Have a Root Canal

If your tooth is suffering from decay this can cause the tooth’s nerve and pulp to become irritated,

inflamed and subsequently infected as a result.

Some telltales signs to look out for that could be an indication of a problem with the nerve in your

tooth, includes very painful toothache caused by chewing or when you apply any sort of pressure

to the damaged tooth.

Other problems associated with nerve damage in your tooth include prolonged sensitivity to hot

or cold temperatures and a noticeable discoloration of the tooth.

When your tooth starts to darken more than the others around it that is a symptom of root damage

and needs to be checked out urgently by your dentist.

You should also be aware that sometimes you might actually display no symptoms whatsoever,

so it is not always immediately obvious for some patients that they may need root canal treatment.

Treatment Options
Dead on Arrival: Making the Decision to Have a Root Canal

If the nerve inside your tooth has been irreversibly damaged, which is referred to as ,

root canal treatment is not the only option open to you but there are implications attached to the alternatives.

The easiest option is of course to do nothing at all, which seems like a good idea if your tooth is not currently

giving you any problems and you are not experiencing any discomfort.

The point to remember about this course of action is that you are making a decision to leave an infection

to develop in your body by leaving your tooth to its own devices.

On balance, it would not be a great idea to do nothing with a dead tooth and if the bacteria develops

you could subsequently suffer some pain and even get an .

 

 

“Extraction is definitely a cheaper alternative

to root canal work but if the prognosis for the tooth

is good, it is always preferable to try and keep

the tooth and consider root canal treatment.”

 

 

Sometimes it is not possible to perform a root canal and this is a circumstance where an extraction

of the tooth might be advisable.

This is not a decision taken lightly by the dentist as tooth extraction is always viewed as a last resort

when you consider the aesthetic problems and other issues such as difficulty with speech and

chewing that might occur as a result of your tooth being taken out.

Extraction is definitely a cheaper alternative to root canal work but if the prognosis for the tooth

is good, it is always preferable to try and keep the tooth and consider root canal treatment.

Suitability for Root Canal Treatment

Dead on Arrival: Making the Decision to Have a Root Canal

There are several circumstances where it may not be advisable or even possible to have root

canal treatment.

The process of drilling and filing involved with root canal work requires space for the dentist

to work in inside your mouth and some people simply don’t have that much room and if you

have a very small mouth, the dentist might decide it is not feasible to be able to offer you

the treatment.

You also need to be physically and mentally prepared for the work involved and if you are

not someone who can spend extended periods in the dentist’s chair while the work is carried out,

you might not be considered a suitable candidate for root canal treatment.

 

 

“It is always best to treat each case on

its individual merits and take the time

to have a full conversation with your

dentist about your treatment options

and general prognosis.”

 

 

If you have a poor prognosis and your tooth is considered to be non-restorable by your dentist,

there is little point in spending the money having the root canal work done.

An example of this scenario would be if the decay has already extended below the crest of the

bone that is supporting your tooth.

If this is the case, an extraction might be the most viable option.

Treat each case on its merits.

Whilst the purpose of each root canal treatment is largely to achieve the same positive outcome

for your tooth and oral health in general, every person has a slightly different set of circumstances

to consider.

This is why it is always best to treat each case on its individual merits and take the time to have

a full conversation with your dentist about your treatment options and general prognosis.

 

About the Author:
Lauren Wells has worked as a dental assistant for 5 years. She shares her knowledge by writing articles in her spare time which mostly appear on health sites.

 

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