Procedures such as root canal therapy and tooth extractions bring back proper health and function to one’s smile. Both treat teeth damaged by decay, trauma, or infection, but root canal therapy saves tooth structure while an extraction removes the tooth altogether.
Dental professionals aim to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. However, when decay leaves the tooth unable to be repaired, extraction becomes the healthiest option. Since extraction is a permanent solution, it’s important to discuss all treatment options with your dentist.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a self-contained treatment designed to restore dental health in individual teeth by removing infected and dead pulp from the inner tooth. A patient finds themselves needing this procedure when decay or a fracture develops into a deep cavity. The pulp becomes infected and eventually leads to improper blood flow to the tooth.
Once your dentist removes the infected pulp and the canal is thoroughly cleaned, a filling material is applied, and a customized crown is affixed to provide stability, strength, and protection. When root canal therapy is the appropriate option for restoring your smile to full health, you receive the added benefit of being able to save your original tooth.
When an Extraction Might be Necessary
When your entire dental structure is at risk, undergoing a tooth extraction may alleviate discomfort while providing you the safest option for restoring health and function. Other factors that merit an extraction are when a crack in your tooth extends beneath the gum line, or the remaining tooth is too weak to repair.
If you’ve had a tooth extracted, there are several options for completing the restoration process. Some take the traditional route and elect for replacement with a removable partial, bridge, or dentures. While these restorative appliances help fill the gaps in your smile, they lack the health benefits that dental implants supply. The dental implant is a titanium post precisely placed in the jaw tissue, acting in place of the natural tooth root. Undergoing this process helps ensure that your jaw’s strength and integrity doesn’t falter over time since the post provides the jaw tissue enough stimulation to keep it from diminishing.
Quality Restorations in Manhattan
Whether your dental complication requires root canal therapy or damage is significant enough that extraction is necessary, Dr. Jae Byun and the team at Dental Ambitions can help. Give our Upper East Side office a call today to set up an appointment!