Patients today have more options than ever before to treat their teeth. Understanding your choices and their impact on your future dental health and lifestyle is important. Read on to learn why nothing is as good as your natural tooth and get simple tips for saving your teeth!
Saving a natural tooth through endodontic treatment should always be the first choice for the best health and cosmetic results. There are many advantages to saving your natural tooth:
1. If you are given a choice between root canal treatment or tooth extraction, always choose root canal treatment. Dentistry has yet to produce a denture, bridge or implant that looks,feels and functions as well as a natural tooth.
2. Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in
accommodating emergency cases including weekends in some cases so your pain can
be relieved quickly.
3. If your dentist recommends tooth extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option.
4. If your dentist says that an endodontic procedure is not an option, ask why, and request a referral to an endodontist. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in saving teeth, and have at least two years of advanced training in root canal procedures.They are experts at diagnosing and relieving tooth pain, and use advanced equipment to treat patients quickly and comfortably.Your dentist probably has partnerships with endodontists in your area already.
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