By now, we’ve all grown accustomed to the procedure known as the “Root Canal”.
If you haven’t, let us give you a brief refresher. When serious infection or decay settles into your tooth, it inflames the delicate tissues and nerves inside your tooth known as the dental pulp.
If the dental pulp isn’t removed and cleaned of infection, the problem can continue to spread, undermining your tooth, the surrounding teeth, and snowballing into a much more serious problem.
“Dental pulp can be removed? Does it grow back?”
When many patients learn about root canal treatment they wonder what happens to the dental pulp. Fortunately, it’s simple. When your teeth are growing, they rely on the dental pulp for nutrition and sustenance. But after your tooth has grown, the surrounding tissues can also sustain it, making it possible to safely remove infected dental pulp and fill the space to prevent further damage and inflammation.
But what happens when a root canal isn’t possible?
There are a few cases where a root canal isn’t exactly possible. Anatomically, root canals look a lot like the root systems you would expect from a tree or plant. They have many branches that extend deeply into your gums and bone structure. Sometimes, if the infection is located in a root canal branch that is inaccessible, it can be difficult or impossible to provide effective endodontic treatment. Other times, significant tooth damage can also make saving the tooth with root canal treatment difficult.
Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment
Unfortunately, there are few alternatives to root canal treatment that don’t involve removing and replacing the affected tooth which is more expensive than saving the tooth. On top of this, dentists everywhere agree that replacing a tooth should always be a last resort, as a prosthetic will always be inferior to a natural tooth.
Outside of replacing the tooth, there are some additional endodontic surgery solutions available to make the tooth more suitable for root canal treatment. Primary among these is the apicoectomy, which attacks the infection from the root end of the tooth, through the gums, instead of through the tooth’s crown.
After applying a local anesthetic, a small incision is made in the guns through which the infected tissuebis removed and a small portion of the root is is cut off. Following this, a small filling is added to the root to prevent future infection.
Have questions about root canal treatment and how it might help your teeth? If you’re a patient in the Garden Grove area, we can help! Schedule a consultation today to learn more.