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Root Canal Vs. Extraction: Which Option Is Best For Your Dental Health?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Root Canal Vs. Extraction: Which Option Is Best For Your Dental Health?

Dealing with a badly damaged or diseased tooth often requires a number of advanced dental care options. Among these options are root canals and tooth extractions, each one offering its own set of advantages and drawbacks. The following takes an in-depth look at both procedures so you can better understand which option may work best for you. Choosing Root Canal Treatment In many cases involving advanced tooth decay, the inner pulp may be infected while the outer tooth remains salvageable. This is where a root canal treatment comes into play: At the start of the treatment, your endodontist will use a numbing agent to temporary deaden the gums. Afterwards, a local anesthetic is usually applied directly to the inflamed nerve, completely deadening it in preparation for removal. After separating the affected tooth with a protective rubber sheet, your endodontist will drill through the tooth and use other tools to remove the pulp and nerve. After cleaning the newly created cavity, your endodontist will then refill the cavity, starting with medicines used to eliminate bacteria and promote healing. Rubber filling material is then used to fill and seal the tooth down to the root. A cap is then created and shaped to match the original shape of the tooth. Root canals are preferable for those who want to maintain as much of their original tooth as possible. However, it also has the potential to be a relatively expensive procedure. According to NerdWallet, the average root canal can cost anywhere from $200 to $2,250 or more. There are plenty of horror stories about how root canal procedures can be extremely painful. However, the vast majority of those stories are often exaggerated. In fact, most root canal procedures are relatively painless thanks to anesthesia. However, you can expect some lingering after-surgery pain for a day or so. Choosing Extraction A tooth extraction, on the other hand, deals with a badly damaged or diseased tooth by simply removing the tooth altogether. The preparations are the same as a root canal, except your endodontist will remove the affected tooth by pulling it out with a combination of forceps and levers. Extractions are often the cheaper alternative, with prices for an average non-surgical extraction ranging from $75 to $300 per tooth, according to CostHelper. Your endodontist may recommend an extraction if he or she decides a root canal will be ineffective at preserving your existing tooth. After an extraction, your endodontist may recommend that the removed tooth be replaced with a dental bridge or implant. This will prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting, which could cause a wide variety of aesthetic and functional dental issues. Many people also opt for extractions as an alternative to undergoing a root canal, usually because they believe a root canal treatment to be the more painful or expensive option. However, it’s usually not a good idea to go for an extraction just to save money on dental care, especially considering the issues that could arise from not replacing an extracted tooth. Which Works Best? The choice between a root canal and extraction actually depends on a broad range of factors: How far has the tooth decay advanced? Can the tooth be restored? Will your endodontist be able to access the tooth to complete a root canal procedure? Does your...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Things You Need To Know About Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Your enamel, the white tissue that covers the outside of your teeth, is the hardest tissue in your entire body, but like any other part of your body, it can become damaged. The forces of biting and chewing can lead to cracks in your enamel and a painful condition known as cracked tooth syndrome. Here are five things you need to know about cracked tooth syndrome. What is cracked tooth syndrome? Cracked tooth syndrome is an incomplete fracture of your tooth. People with this syndrome have cracks in their teeth that extend through the enamel and into the tissues beneath the enamel. The tissue right beneath the enamel is the dentin, and it’s very sensitive. The tissue beneath the dentin is the pulp, and it contains the blood vessels and nerves that keep your teeth alive. What are the signs of cracked tooth syndrome? The signs of cracked tooth syndrome can be hard to recognize since they tend to vary a lot between different people; this is frustrating for both dentists and patients. The pain associated with cracked tooth syndrome can mimic other disorders like sinus infections, headaches, or ear aches, so it can be hard for some people to realize that their tooth is the source of the pain. Some people have more obvious tooth symptoms. Cracked tooth syndrome can lead to pain in the cracked tooth when you bite down, especially when you bite foods that have small pieces in them, like a bagel with sesame seeds. Temperature changes can also cause pain in the cracked tooth, like when you take a sip of ice cold water. Sweet foods like candies and juices can also cause sensitivity in the affected tooth. Frustratingly, cracked tooth syndrome can also be completely asymptomatic. Your teeth may feel completely fine, but your dentist can discover a deep crack during a routine dental examination. What causes cracked tooth syndrome? Your enamel can crack due to the stresses of biting and chewing. If you bite something too hard, such as a bone or a pen, the strong forces can crack your enamel. Cracks can also occur if you clench or grind your teeth. Clenching and grinding can happen when you’re sleeping, so you may not even know that you’re doing it until you crack your tooth. Can dentists fix this problem? The treatment for your cracked tooth will vary depending on the severity of the crack. If the crack doesn’t extend to the pulp, your dentist may repair your tooth with a crown. A crown is a restoration that sits on top of your existing tooth; it covers either the biting surface of your tooth or your entire tooth, depending on the extent of the damage.  More severe cracks that extend to the pulp may necessitate root canal treatment before a crown can be applied. If you need a root canal, your dentist will remove the pulp from the center of your tooth and then replace it with an artificial filling material. After the root canal is finished, your dentist will apply a crown to your tooth. How common is cracked tooth syndrome? Cracked tooth syndrome is incredibly common, but since it can manifest in strange symptoms or in no symptoms at all, many people don’t realize they have cracks. A study in...

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