Save Your Teeth

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Let's start with what can lead to root canal treatment. When we eat, food particles and liquids are left behind in our teeth. The bacteria in the mouth, then combines with these leftovers to form acids. Eventually, these acids attack the teeth and damage the enamel of our teeth. This then leads to infection, pain and inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth. Beneath the enamel of the tooth is the dental pulp, which consists of nerves, and soft and connective tissue. This pulp exists between the crown, the visible part of the tooth, and the root of the tooth. If tooth decay or cavities affect the dental pulp, it can lead to infected pulp, degradation of nerves within the dental pulp, and severe pain in the tooth. You're only hope to save the tooth is root canal treatment.

According to a renowned dentist in Salem, Massachusetts, root canal procedure can save and repair a decayed, damaged, or infected tooth. For the benefit of the reader, we'll address him as 'Dentist Salem'. They explain that during root canal therapy, the affected tooth and the area around the tooth are first anesthetized. A hole is drilled into the tooth and the pulp tissue is then removed from the tooth. The tooth canals are cleaned and then filled with medicine. A permanent seal or crown is then placed over the tooth.

Some people prefer to extract their teeth rather than going for this treatment. Dentist Salem says that it's better to go for the therapy. According to him, extraction can lead to several infections or other dental problems, like difficulties in chewing or biting, drifting of teeth, TMJ pain, maybe even, formation of, adjoining teeth. Of course, the biggest advantage of not opting for extraction is you get to keep your tooth and prevent other dental treatment, which may be required to restore the tooth that was extracted.

There are also a few myths associated with this treatment:

• IT'S PAINFUL - They assure that root canal treatment is, at most, mildly disconcerting. He says that most of his patients describe the procedure as being painless, and felt better later.
• TOO MANY APPOINTMENTS: It does not require too many appointments, but two appointments for a standard case. In serious cases, it may take more than two appointments. This depends on the infection or complexity of the root canal.

There are several other myths like, a root canal treatment can cause ILLNESS, TEETH NEED TO HURT before you can go in for a treatment, and several others. We just like to say, what Dentist Salem told us, "Saving your tooth is better than removing it!"

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