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Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
Our experienced dental team can often save teeth affected by extensive damage and decay with endodontic therapy, more commonly referred to as root canal treatment. A damaged tooth can ultimately lead to infection of the pulp and the nerve chamber, which can cause extraordinary levels of pain and lead to an abscess in the area surrounding the tooth.
What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?
If your tooth is causing severe pain, problems chewing, and extreme sensitivity to heat and cold, it could be infected. Other indications of a possible infection include an abscess along the gums, a discoloured appearance to the tooth, and/or inflammation and tenderness of the gums. It’s important to note that, in some cases, a tooth infection exhibits no symptoms at all. Regular dental check-ups are vital to ensure your teeth are healthy. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please contact our practice as soon as possible.
What are the benefits of root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure and has helped millions of individuals renew the health of damaged teeth. Some of the benefits of this procedure include:
- 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
For patients who are affected by strong levels of dental anxiety, our practice offers sedation dentistry techniques that can make your root canal treatment as relaxing as possible. If you would like more information on our endodontic dentistry options, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Moss Dental today.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions, or the removal of one or more teeth, are usually used as a last resort in dentistry, as keeping the natural tooth in the mouth is ideal. There are many reasons why single or multiple extractions may be performed, including pervasive tooth decay, the impaction of wisdom teeth, or the need to create space for orthodontic devices
The most significant short-term benefit associated with tooth extraction is the elimination of pain. If a tooth is severely decayed or an infection is present, removing the affected tooth almost immediately alleviates discomfort. However, it should be noted that further procedures are necessary to replace the extracted tooth. Leaving a gap is not a viable option as the other teeth tend to twist out of alignment to fill the space.
Why you might need to have a tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions are incredibly common procedures. It should be reiterated that an extraction is used as a procedure of last resort when nothing more can be done to save the tooth.
Here is a brief overview of some of the main reasons for 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
These days it seems like having wisdom teeth extracted is practically a rite of passage for many young adults. This surgery typically carries low risks but can be very rewarding, because extracting hard-to-clean wisdom teeth early can prevent painful problems later on.
At Moss Dental, our team of experienced dentists will work together to determine if and when wisdom tooth extraction may be the right choice for you, and then provide the best possible care in a comfortable and supportive environment.
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extractions are commonly performed to prevent or address the following symptoms:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Decayed wisdom teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Partially impacted wisdom teeth
- Gum infection or inflammation
- Bone damage
- Pain associated with the above
Get Expert Care During and After Your Extraction
At Moss Dental, your comfort and satisfaction is our priority. If you have any questions or concerns about tooth extraction, please call our office today.