You may not know it, but there is a National Root Canal Appreciation Day. It’s observed this year on May 10. You’ll note we used the word “observed” rather than “celebrated.” That’s because we know not too many people get excited about this dental procedure. Still, it’s a beneficial treatment. There are definitely advantages of having a root canal vs. an extraction (the only other way to treat an infected tooth).
If your tooth hurts or has become discolored, or if you’ve noticed swelling around a tooth, call us at 770-738-4103 ASAP. We’ll offer you a same-day appointment if possible.
If we find infection inside your tooth, we’ll discuss your options. No matter which treatment you choose, we’ll make sure you are comfortable. You can receive soothing dental sedation if needed.
In the meantime, see why it often makes sense to preserve the tooth with root canal treatment:
- Fast and Hassle-free Recovery – After a tooth is extracted, you’ll have some bleeding and swelling for a day or so. You’ll also need to modify your diet and your oral hygiene routine for several days to avoid dislodging the blood clot that forms on the extraction site. With a root canal, there won’t be any bleeding and very little downtime. While your jaw may feel tender from holding it open for an extended period, you typically won’t have any other discomfort.
- Avoid Problems From Shifting Teeth – If a tooth isn’t replaced shortly after it is removed, the nearby teeth can move out of their proper places. This affects how your smile looks and also how it functions. It can put your bite out of alignment. A misaligned bite can cause jaw pain, problems with chewing, and headaches. Teeth won’t shift after a root canal.
- Won’t Need Tooth Replacement – If you do replace your missing tooth (and we strongly recommend it), you’ll have the added expense of a replacement procedure. Plus, no replacement tooth will function and look as natural as your own tooth. One of the main reasons to perform a root canal is to keep your tooth in place.
- Keep Your Jaw Strong – When you lose a tooth, you also lose its roots. Without the stimulation provided by tooth roots, you lose bone mass in your jaw – up to 25 percent in the first year alone. This makes your face look older and can lead to dental problems too. With root canal therapy, you keep your tooth and its roots.