Root canal treatment is fairly straightforward. The dentist removes decay and pulp from your tooth and its roots. Then, they reshape the roots as needed, put in a filling material, and add a cap or crown if necessary. Although the basic process is always the same, there are a few elements you should consider if you want to ensure that you’re getting the best root canal treatment.
Work With a Dentist Who Can Save the Tooth
A root canal allows you to save a tooth that may otherwise need to be extracted. If your dentist says that a tooth cannot be saved, you may want to get a second opinion. Thanks to advances in root canal treatment, many teeth that were previously unsalvageable can now be saved. The exceptions are generally in cases where the root is severely damaged, the tooth lacks bone support, or the tooth can’t be restored.
Keep in mind that although it’s cheaper upfront to do an extraction rather than a root canal. The root canal treatment may save you money long term because you don’t have to worry about replacing the missing tooth with an implant, a bridge, or dentures.
Get the Root Canal Treatment As Soon As Possible
Root canal treatment always works the best if you get the treatment as soon as possible. If you delay treatment, the decay can get worse, and the tooth may become unsalvageable. Additionally, you may experience pain or the decay may spread to other teeth.
Choose the Pain Relief That Works for You
Although all root canal treatment is relatively the same, the pain relief options vary. To ensure you get the best treatment possible, you need to choose the type of pain relief that works best for you. Many patients are fine with local anesthesia. Others want a stronger option such as oral sedation or even general sedation. You may want to choose a dentist who offers a variety of options.
Look for a Dentist Committed to Quality Work
Like any procedure, there is room for error with root canal treatment. For the treatment to be successful, the dentist or endodontist needs to completely clean and disinfect the roots. They also need to ensure that the roots are shaped and sealed correctly. You may want to talk with the dentist about how successful their efforts have been in the past — in particular, you may want to ask if they’ve needed to redo any root canals or you may want to check out reviews from past patients.
Insist on Top Notch Technology
To ensure you’re getting the best root canal treatment, you may want to insist on top notch technology. You may want to choose a dentist who uses 3D scanning equipment so they get the best look at your teeth. You may also want to see what type of endodontic irrigation protocol they use. For instance, using ultrasonic activation tools often improves the disinfection process.
To set up an appointment for root canal treatment or any other dental work, contact us today. At Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry, we are committed to giving our patients the best care possible.