To save your natural teeth should always be your first choice when dental care is needed. There is no complete replacement for your natural teeth. Root canal treatment can often save the most severely injured teeth. If a tooth cannot be saved , you may consider replacement of the tooth with a bridge or dental implant.
Endodontic treatment (root canal treatment) treats the inside of the tooth. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleaning and shaping the inside of the canal, and filling and sealing the space. Thereafter, a crown or other restoration will be placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
- Endodontic Treatment
Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. In some cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or the pain continues. The tooth may then become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. Often when this occurs, redoing the endodontic procedure can save the tooth.
- Endodontic Surgery
Occasionally, a tooth can’t be saved because the root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support, or the tooth cannot be restored. When endodontic treatment is not effective, endodontic surgery may be able to save the tooth.
The only other alternative is extraction of the tooth. The extracted tooth must then be replaced with an implant, bridge or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
- Cracked Tooth
People live longer and more stressful lives, and they are exposing their teeth to more years of crack-inducing habits, such as clenching, grinding, and chewing on hard objects. These habits make teeth more susceptible to cracks.
Cracked teeth symptoms include unpredictable pain when chewing, or pain when your tooth is exposed to temperature extremes. The pain may come and go, and it may be difficult to locate which tooth is causing the discomfort. Unlike a broken bone, the fracture in a cracked tooth will not heal. In spite of treatment, some cracks may continue to progress and separate, resulting in loss of the tooth.