When is a root canal treatment necessary?
Root canal treatment becomes necessary if the nerve of a tooth is either severely inflamed or already dead.
An inflamed nerve can cause serious discomfort. A dead nerve will at first not cause any trouble. However, the inside of the tooth will contain remnants of dead tissue which provide an ideal environment for bacteria and fungi. Disinfection and enlargement of the root canal followed by a tightly sealed filling will systematically deprive bacteria and fungi of the environment they need to survive.
Older root canal fillings should be renewed if there is inflammation of the jawbone or if the x-ray shows that the existing filling is insufficient.
In most cases, a root canal treatment can save your natural tooth. Due to their connection with the jawbone, natural teeth provide you with a natural chewing sensation and tactility, which is not possible to achieve with a bridge or an implant.
A root canal treatment can help you to keep your natural tooth with its irreplaceable sensory and aesthetic qualities as well as enable you to chew safely and comfortably.
Which are the alternatives to root canal treatment?
The alternative to a root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth, the so-called extraction. The resulting gap can either remain as such, can be stabilised by a bridge or can be filled by an implant screwed into the jaw-bone.
Root canal treatment is more complicated and takes considerably more time than an implant. However, a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment can last the rest of your life and never need further endodontic treatment. Furthermore, only natural teeth help patients chew efficiently and maintain the natural appearance of their smiles.