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- Stanley R. McCardle, D.M.D. | Family Dentistry
Endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal, is a dental procedure used to treat infections and save a tooth that has been severely damaged or decayed. The procedure involves removing the infected or damaged tissue (pulp) from the inside of the tooth, cleaning the root canals, and sealing them to prevent further infection. A patient may need endodontic treatment if they experience severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling, or tenderness. These symptoms can indicate that the tooth's pulp is infected or inflamed, often as a result of deep decay, repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips in the tooth, or trauma. If left untreated, an infected tooth can lead to further dental problems, such as abscesses, bone loss, and tooth loss. Endodontic treatment can help save the tooth and prevent the need for extraction or more invasive dental procedures. Root canal alternatives include extracting the damaged tooth, replacing the tooth with a dental implant, bridge, or removable partial denture. However, extracting a tooth can lead to further dental problems, such as shifting teeth or changes to the bite, and can also cause aesthetic concerns for patients. Additionally, dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures can be more expensive than endodontic treatment and may require additional procedures such as bone grafts or surgery. For these reasons, endodontic treatment is often the preferred option for patients who want to save their natural teeth and maintain good oral health. With advances in dental technology and techniques, endodontic treatment has become more efficient, comfortable, and effective, with a success rate of over 90%. Patients can often return to their normal activities and enjoy improved dental health after the procedure.
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