There is no debate when it comes to treating a tooth with a root canal or extraction: root canals are almost always the better choice.
Endodontists receive significant training in the diagnosis and treatment of oral pain. As a result, they have a special level of expertise when it comes to handling severe dental pain and working with patients who may be suffering from fears or worries regarding their dental care. The number one priority of an endodontist is to provide the best dental care possible to keep each patient’s teeth as healthy as possible. This is why root canal treatment is such an important procedure because it is able to save a tooth damaged by deep decay. According to the American Academy of Endodontists, nearly 15 million teeth are saved each year thanks to root canal procedures.
No Debate: Root Canal is the Best Choice
Even with such positive results, some patients still may wonder if root canal treatment is best. Because of fear or anxiety about the procedure, some patients ask if extraction is actually a better choice. Dentists and endodontists can reassure these patients by letting them know that saving a natural tooth is the best option if possible. Although an extraction may seem quick and less frightening to some patients, there are unique difficulties that can come from it. For example, artificial teeth can limit one’s ability to chew certain foods. Additionally, placement of a bridge or implant requires more time to treat and may require additional treatment on adjacent teeth or gum tissue. Moreover, a root canal is often less expensive than the cost of an extraction plus the expense of a bridge or implant. Most importantly, once a tooth has been cleaned, filled, and sealed during a root canal, the treatment has a very high success rate, with many teeth lasting a lifetime and immediate relief from further tooth pain or decay.
Deliver the Highest Level of Collaborative Care
If you have a patient who is anxious or unsure about having root canal treatment, it is important to take time to ask them questions about their fears and actively listen to their response. By addressing their specific concerns, dentists can significantly reduce patient anxiety and help educate people about the best long-term treatment options available. Some patients may have more serious concerns or complications regarding their treatment, and it can be helpful to refer them to an endodontist for specialized treatment. This way the patient feels confident that they are receiving the highest level of care and has a collaborative dental care team looking out for their best interest.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in treating issues involving the inside spaces of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comercia Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
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