You may need a root canal if there is infection in the tooth’s pulp. It is also recommended when there is irreparable damage to the pulp caused by a fracture or trauma. The purpose of this treatment is to save the tooth. In a root canal therapy, the dentist in Houston Texas will remove the infected or damaged tooth and treat any infection. The empty root canals are then filled.
Without a root canal therapy, an infected tooth may have to be eventually pulled out. However, there are many people who think a tooth extraction is an alternative to a root canal. Some are considering tooth extraction instead of a root canal simply because they heard it would hurt less. The truth is the only time a patient would feel pain due to or during a root canal treatment is when the affected tooth has very severe abscess.
With acute infection, it may be hard to make a tooth numb. However, the patient can always let the dentist in Houston Texas know of his discomfort so that the dentist can try to numb the area more. Most patients actually find the injection of the anesthesia the hardest part of the procedure. After that, they feel pressure but not pain.
It’s wrong to think of tooth extraction as a root canal alternative. Imagine if you go for a tooth extraction, your dentist would still need to numb the tooth and you would still need to take some pain killers after but the end result is now you’ve lost your tooth. If you can save your tooth, why not do it?
Apart from the fact that it’s not attractive to have a tooth missing, having a tooth pulled can also affect the rest of the teeth because the gap left there between the teeth will make the rest eventually shift. So, there will be a need for either a dental implant in Houston to fill the gap or braces to fix teeth misalignment. Tooth extraction should be the last option, not an alternative to a procedure that can save your tooth.
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