This is a serious condition and in order to save the tooth from falling out, a treatment called root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) is often a concerned patient’s first port of call. The process involves a root canal specialist removing the infected/diseased pulp, cleaning and filling the area with a natural substance and then sealing the tooth with a filling or crown.
Root canal therapy is not for all
Not every patient is a suitable candidate for undergoing root canal therapy, because it’s entirely dependent on the severity of the infected tooth and whether or not it can be saved.
Root canal therapy can also be very expensive, especially if a crown is needed. A major criticism is that tooth decay can still occur in a treated tooth since there is no longer any pulp left to keep the tooth alive.
According to Colgate research, root-treated teeth can become brittle and are more prone to fracture. This is an important consideration that patients must consider when deciding whether to fill a treated tooth or cap it with a crown post-treatment.
Some patients decide look for other alternatives such as extracting the tooth (removal) and replacing it with an artificial tooth (dental implant).
Dental implants to restore teeth
When root canal therapy cannot save a tooth or an alternative procedure is desired, dental implants are the best option.
A dental implant is a high-tech artificial tooth root that is permanently fixed into a patient’s jawbone to hold a prosthetic tooth in place. It’s designed to replace a missing single tooth or several teeth that have fallen out.
Specific benefits of dental implants include restoring the normal function of eating and speech, improving a person’s appearance and improved denture retention.
Unlike traditional fixed bridges, dental implants do not rely on support from neighbouring teeth, which better preserves tooth structure on the adjacent teeth. It also provides better access for patients to clean between their teeth.
Overall, dental implants are natural looking and closely match the look and feel of your existing real teeth. Under diligent patient maintenance and professional placement with The Sydney Implant Institute, your dental implants can last a lifetime.