FAQ: Root Canal Treatments
Q: Why do I need a root canal treatment? Why not have the tooth removed instead?
Even though, extraction is one of the options, if the extracted tooth is not replaced there will be undesirable consequences. The tooth which loses its matching or opposite tooth, "supra erupts" or appears elongated, causing gaps between teeth on either side. This may lead to loss of not one, but three teeth. Another possible effect is gaps appearing between teeth, and the teeth would appear twisted or crooked. It is best to try and preserve the tooth (if possible) with a root canal treatment.
Gaps between teeth
Q: Is there a guarantee for root canal treatment?
98% of teeth are successfully treated with root canal therapy. However, as with any other medical treatment, there is a small chance that it may not work. The dentist will discuss the prognosis of your treatment with you, before you decide to go ahead with it.
Q: You can't see the tooth when I smile, so why should I try to keep it?
Although the tooth may not be visible when you smile, if you remove the tooth, be aware that long term problems as described above are likely. Removal of a tooth would also affect your chewing, and jaw joints, causing soreness of head and neck muscles, and or ear aches. Therefore, it is best to try and preserve your tooth.
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