February 24, 2023
If you have recently been told by your emergency dentist that you need root canal therapy, you may have thought that was the worst possible news to receive. While you never want your tooth to get to the point of severe decay, getting root canal therapy is the best route if it does. Sometimes a cavity can go further into the dental pulp—the center of a tooth. When it does, your dentist must remove the infection and keep it from spreading to the root and other parts of your body. By getting root canal therapy, you can return to a whole and healthy smile as soon as possible. Here are four reasons why receiving this treatment truly is good news!
1. Your Tooth Can Still Be Saved
If a tooth becomes severely infected, it eventually may have to be pulled if it’s not treated. Other than having to deal with an incomplete smile (which can really affect your confidence), a missing tooth can cause various issues. Without a full set of teeth to properly chew your food and maintain the balance of your bite, your whole smile can become misaligned. While there are various options for filling in gaps in your mouth, it’s always better to save your natural teeth whenever possible.
2. You’ll Soon Find Relief from Your Pain
In many cases, intense discomfort is what drives people to finally go visit the dentist. Unlike what you hear in the media, root canal therapy is relatively painless. Most people only experience very mild discomfort after the procedure. The true pain associated with root canal therapy is actually caused by the infection of the pulp, as it houses the nerves of the tooth. The bacteria are irritating these nerves and letting you know all about it! But once root canal therapy is over, you will be smiling happily once again.
3. You’ll Save Money on Tooth Replacements
As stated above, if left untreated, you would most likely have to have your tooth extracted and need a replacement. While dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants are reliable tooth-loss solutions, they do have a higher price than root canal therapy. Moreover, bridges and dentures will eventually need to be replaced, which would be an additional cost. Root canal therapy not only helps you avoid all the inconveniences of replacing your tooth, but it will also ultimately save you money!
4. Your Smile Will Remain Natural and Whole
It can be easy to take your natural teeth for granted—they perform many functions that aren’t often even thought about! They stimulate the underlying jawbone, which in turn keeps it healthy as a base for your pearly whites. And besides allowing you to enjoy your favorite meals, a full set of teeth prevents them from drifting out of place, keeping your smile aligned. By saving your tooth with root canal therapy, you will continue to reap the benefits of having all of your pearly whites!
So, you see? Needing root canal therapy is not the bad news you thought it was. By allowing your dentist to treat the infection of your teeth, you will soon be back to enjoying the benefits of a healthy and whole smile!
About the Author
Dr. Mahima Gupta and her team at Lancaster Family Smiles are eager to treat any issues or emergencies with your oral health. She graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry and has completed over 700 hours of continuing education for the past 20 years to expand her clinical skills. With the use of advanced dental technology and customized care, her passion is to help you achieve your healthiest, most beautiful smile! To schedule an appointment, contact her through her website or call (469) 729-7707.
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