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Root canal treatment – Project Smile in Gdansk

Preserving your natural teeth is the key part of taking care of your oral health. In today’s article, we are going to focus on when it is worth to save a tooth with root canal treatment, and when it may be needed to have it removed  and replaced with an implant. Find out why it is best to save your natural teeth and what the benefits are.

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How to save a tooth? Root canal treatment as an alternative to extraction

Even though root canal treatment isn’t exactly a popular restorative dental treatment option it sometimes becomes the best solution in the case of advanced cavity decay, damage or infection as opposed to tooth extraction. If the tooth is stable and the root has not been damaged, root canal treatment is an excellent method to preserve a teeth and save it from being extracted.

Root canal (endodontic) treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleaning the root canals and filling them with a biocompatible material to prevent further infections. After the endodontic treatment is complete, the tooth can be rebuilt with composite or capped with a ceramic crown to protect it from bacteria and damage in the future and restore its full function.

When is it worth considering tooth extraction?

In some cases, unfortunately, root canal treatment may no longer be an option, when the root has decayed beyond a certain point and the bacterial infection has spread untreated for so long that it resulted in bone loss and mobility of the tooth. Then, it is worth considering a dental implants. An implant is a durable, stable solution that substitutes a missing  root of a tooth and supports a prosthetic tooth fabricated by the lab  to restore the function and aesthetics of a natural tooth.

Implant placement is the process of inserting an implant post (titanium screw) into the jawbone, on which a prosthetic crown (tooth-shaped cap) is later placed. This solution does not only restore the full function of the tooth, but it also prevents bone loss that occurs after tooth extraction.

Why is it worth keeping natural teeth?

Support for prosthetic work

Natural teeth and roots provide solid support for fixed prosthetic solutions, such as inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges. Fixed prosthetic restorations supported on natural teeth are not only more stable, but also more comfortable for the patient than removable prosthesis  like full or partial dentures. Natural teeth perform a supporting function, which results in better durability and functionality of the solution in the long term.

Prevention of bone recession in the  jawbone

A tooth extraction leads to bone loss in upper jaw (maxilla) or lower jaw (mandible ). Natural teeth support the jawbone by stimulating blood flow, maintaining its integrity and preventing changes to the bone structure. A gradual bone loss can have a negative impact on the stability of the remaining teeth and the appearance of the face. In some cases, bone loss may make it difficult for dental implants or other restorative procedures to be feasible without first performing bone augmentation.

It is always  best to save your natural teeth when possible. Root canal treatment or other restorative procedures help maintain the health and function of your teeth. At Project Smile, we always do our best, to retain natural teeth if possible.

However, if it becomes necessary to remove a tooth, dental implants are an innovative and effective solution that allows you to restore the full function of the tooth and avoid complications associated with tooth and bone loss. Please note that keeping your natural teeth is the key to maintaining good oral health for years to come.

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