Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
If you don’t keep up with developments in the dental world – and unless you are a dentist, you probably don’t – you may not know that root canal treatment is no longer nearly as scary as it once was. This is a treatment that used to be synonymous with patient fear and discomfort, but these days it’s not nearly as intimidating. Not only is it a far more comfortable, efficient procedure than it once was, but there are many benefits associated with having it completed.
In this post, we’ll walk through a few different benefits that you may enjoy if you decide to go ahead with root canal treatment to improve your oral health. Of course, if you have any questions about this or any other treatment we offer, please feel free to contact Lakeside Dental right away for assistance.
Reduce Your Pain
This is a pretty obvious point, so let’s start here. If you are in discomfort currently, it might be that root canal treatment is the best way to get rid of that pain. Of course, determining the right treatment will require working with your dentist to have an examination so you can talk over the various options on the table. For some patients, root canal will be the way to go, and it will lead to the relief you have been seeking.
It should be noted that you don’t necessarily need to be in agonizing pain to have a root canal treatment be the right option for you. In some cases, patients only have a somewhat sensitive or sore tooth, but they wind up needing a root canal to solve the problem. And, in the end, those patients often realize just how uncomfortable they were, and how much better they feel now that the treatment has been completed.
Prevent Further Infection
If you allow the bacteria that is causing your tooth decay to go unchecked, it could spread in your mouth and cause problems for other teeth as well. This is why it is so important to take care of oral health issues as quickly as possible. Not only do you want to get care for the tooth that is a problem, but you also need to make sure things don’t get worse. When a root canal treatment is completed, that bacteria will be wiped out as part of the process and you will hopefully be able to avoid further issues in the surrounding area. There is no guarantee that you won’t have other issues down the line, of course, but tackling the problem right away will improve your chances.
Keep Your Own Teeth
Dental implants have come a long way in recent years, and if you do need to have a tooth or teeth replaced, you will have a lot of good options at your disposal. However, the preferred outcome is to simply keep your own natural teeth, and a root canal treatment may be able to help you do just that. The goal here is to bring your tooth back to a healthy state where it can do its job in your mouth and not cause you any pain or discomfort along the way. Don’t wait until your tooth is so badly damaged that it can no longer be saved – seek assistance right away to have your dentist examine the condition of your affected tooth and determine the best course of action. It might not be too late to save your tooth!
Maintain Your Smile
If you are worried about what kind of impact dental work will have on your beautiful smile, you’ll be happy to know that you are likely to be happy with the look you end up with after root canal treatment. Don’t worry about having to hide your smile after this treatment or anything like that – you’ll be able to smile just as wide as you have been doing your whole life.
Consider Jawbone Health as Well
Among the many benefits of root canal treatment is the potential advantage of protecting the health of your jawbone over the long run. Everything is connected when it comes to your oral health and losing a tooth as a result of decay is likely to have a long-term impact on the health of your jawbone, as well. So, to avoid that negative chain reaction, you can have root canal treatment to work toward saving the tooth, which will, in turn, help your jaw maintain its healthy state, as well.
A Word About Fear
By this point, we have made it quite clear that there is a lot to gain by having root canal treatment completed. However, some dental patients are still apprehensive about this option, just because of the reputation that root canal treatment carries. In days gone by, this treatment was more uncomfortable for the patient than it is today, and it became known as one of those things that you don’t want your dentist to suggest.
So, if you work with your dentist and it is determined that root canal treatment is the right way to go, don’t worry. The best way to calm your nerves is to speak directly with your dentist about what the treatment will be like, and what you can expect before, during, and after. Gathering information is the best way to settle yourself down and see the big picture. We are all lucky to live in an age where dental procedures and treatments are advanced and more comfortable than they were generations ago.
Get Started with Lakeside Dental
Whether you are pretty sure that you need root canal treatment, or you don’t know what will be necessary to improve your oral health, the first step is easy – get in touch right away to learn more about what we offer at Lakeside Dental. We love to serve our neighbors here in Moses Lake and the surrounding areas, and you will always feel welcome in our office. Give us a call during business hours to schedule your appointment. Thank you for visiting!