The most common types of Dental Emergency Treatments are a root canal, extraction, or filling.
A “root canal” is a treatment of the pulp of the tooth that is inflamed, infected, or dead. The pulp is a soft substance in the center of the tooth that consists of nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The pulp chamber is the hollow part in the center of the tooth that contains the pulp, and it continues down canals that extend through the roots of the teeth and into the surrounding bone. Some roots have more than one root canal but all have at least one canal.
Without treatment, the infection of the dental pulp will spread to the bone around the tooth, making it no longer able to hold the tooth in place.
The following are some of the more common reasons for needing a root canal: pain, abscess, deep cavity, trauma or fracture.
The root canal procedure requires one or more office visits and appointments to be performed.
Saving your natural teeth is the very best option, if possible.
The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture. These improve chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. Implant alternatives are not only more expensive than a root canal procedure but also require more treatment time and additional procedures.
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