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Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?
What are the benefits of root canal therapy?
- Elimination of infection
- Elimination of pain and sensitivity
- Restoration of health, appearance, and function of the affected tooth
- Reduced risk that the tooth will need to be extracted
- Reduced overall health risks associated with tooth infection
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Why you might need to have a tooth extraction?
- Deep decay – When decay affects the surface of the tooth as well as the pulp, root canal procedures cannot be performed. Root canal therapy is only viable where the general structure of the tooth is in stable condition.
- Extra teeth –There are a variety of explanations associated with extra teeth, but most commonly they are baby teeth that do not shed. Extra teeth take up space on the arch, causing nearby teeth to twist out of place. Tooth extraction is necessary in this case to provide enough space for the teeth to properly realign.
- Periodontal disease – Often teeth have to be extracted because the gums and underlying bone are so severely eroded that they can no longer hold the tooth in place securely. The cause of bone and gum recession is almost always advanced periodontal disease (gum disease). Poor bone density means that the chance of restoring the natural tooth is minimal.
- Prior to braces – Traditional orthodontic braces require enough space for the teeth to move into ideal alignment. If space cannot be created naturally, a tooth may be extracted as an alternative.
- Fractured teeth – Fortunately, we are able to save injured teeth in most circumstances with the aid of root canal therapy. However, there are some instances where the tooth has become fractured in a way that makes repair impossible.
wisdom tooth extractions
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
- Overcrowded teeth
- Decayed wisdom teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Partially impacted wisdom teeth
- Gum infection or inflammation
- Bone damage
- Pain associated with the above