In dentistry, our goal is to maintain functional teeth in a healthy state so they can support proper chewing and stabilize the bite. If the nerve of the tooth has become damaged, Warner Robins dentist, Dr. Ryan Davis, may recommend a root canal.
During a root canal procedure, the dentist accesses the pulp chamber of the tooth so that the infected nerve and tissues can be removed and the root canals can be disinfected and sealed.
Teeth that have had root canal therapy lose vitality, which makes the enamel more susceptible to cracks and breakage. It is recommended that teeth are restored with a dental crown after root canal treatment.
Restoration vs. Tooth Extraction
When a tooth hurts, it is only natural that a patient would request an extraction to make the pain stop, and many people believe the least expensive solution is an extraction. The fact is, however, that when a tooth is lost, surrounding teeth will move and shift into the open space, leading to more problems down the road. The cost of replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant and crown is often 2-3 times the cost of a root canal and crown procedure.
Regular dental examinations with necessary xrays are the best defense against tooth loss. During these visits, Dr. Davis will look for early signs of problems and recommend conservative treatment options to help save your teeth and save money.
Don't wait until you have a problem to schedule your dental examination. Warner Robins dentist, Dr. Ryan Davis, and Team want to help you keep your smile healthy and prevent the need for root canals or tooth extractions. Contact us to schedule a thorough examination today!