There are many reasons why some people might be hesitant to go for a root canal. But what many people tend to ignore is how delaying the treatment of root canal, might result in potentially serious infections. But can a filling resolve the problem, and can antibiotics help us in permanently resolving the infection? Dr. Ratnadeep Patil, Managing Director at Smile Care Expert Dental Care Centre helps us in understanding the A-Z of root canal treatment risks and why you should not delay getting a root canal treatment.
First things first, how long can you delay getting root canal therapy:
– You can delay your root canal only if you want a sleepless night. The moment you experience spontaneous pain that doesn’t subside in a few minutes, it is time for a root canal. The longer we wait to do a root canal, the more the decay progresses and the weaker the tooth gets. A tooth weakened by decay has a higher chance of fracture as compared to a sound tooth. So, the sooner you get that root canal done, the better it is for the health of your tooth.
Is root canal treatment essential?
– Root canal treatment is, in the face, the only way out when the pulp of a tooth infected. So, root canal treatments are essential to limit infection and reduce the pain. If we put off a root canal for too long, the tooth may become dead or non-vital. This will cause the symptoms to subside over time but such a tooth may develop a massive infection anytime. So, root canals are required. Did you know Root Canal treatments and dental filling – the latest developments
How long can I wait before I get my root canal done:
– Once advised to get a root canal by your dentist, you must get it done at the earliest.
What would happen if I don’t get a crown on my root canal after 6-8 weeks?
– After a root canal the tooth will first need a permanent filling, delaying this filling may jeopardize the root canal as the entry to the tooth is not sealed. Within one week of completion of the root canal (unless advised otherwise), it is prudent to get this filling out of the way. Later, depending on the chewing force, type of tooth and amount of damage to the tooth, a crown may be required. After a root canal, the tooth becomes brittle and a brittle tooth is more susceptible to fracture. A fractured tooth serves no purpose and may be the cause of further pain. Hence a cap or a crown must be placed within 6 to 8 weeks of completion of the root canal. Here are 5 oils to keep your teeth strong
Can the replacement of a tooth or teeth be accomplished with a variety of non-removable or removable alternatives?
– Replacement of teeth can be removable or fixed. Removable replacements need to be taken out, rinsed after every meal and subsequently replaced. This may be cumbersome and unpleasant for most patients. A better alternative to this would be a fixed replacement. Fixed replacements could be in the form of bridges or implants. While implants are standalone replacements of missing teeth, bridges take the support of neighbouring teeth to restore the lost teeth. Your dentist will be able the give you the best advice on what form of replacement would best suit you.
Your teeth may have to be removed if you do not have a root canal to remove the infected pulp:
– If the pulp of your tooth is not infected and your tooth still needs to be removed, it may be due to an infection in the gums that has caused your tooth to become very loose or perhaps a fracture in the tooth that cannot be managed conservatively. In either case, the loss of a tooth entails a loss of the bone that supports the tooth. The advantage of this is that the pain and infection subside post the extraction, the disadvantage, however, is the loss of bone.