Root Canals & Extractions in Saint Paul, MN
In an ideal world, nobody would ever need root canal therapy or a tooth extraction. Of course, in a perfect world, there wouldn’t be infections, decay, or injury!
We obviously don’t live in a perfect world. Injuries and infections can seriously affect teeth. When this happens, these need to be treated. Root canal therapy and extraction are two of the ways that we can deal with these situations.
First off, it’s important to address the idea that root canals are complicated and painful. The truth is that toot canal therapy itself isn’t painful because we make sure that you are completely numb before we begin your treatment. Root canals are associated with pain because the infection we are treating is quite painful.
Root canal therapy also isn’t much more complicated than filling a cavity. Modern technology makes root canal therapy less complex and has significantly increased the success rate.
The fact is, a root canal can save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. Whenever possible, we want to preserve your tooth. Root canal therapy allows us to clear away the infection. As we do so, we remove the damaged nerve to relieve the pain. You may experience some residual discomfort for a couple days following your treatment, but this will soon fade.
If your treated tooth absorbs a lot of force from chewing, we may recommend a crown following treatment. This is because removing the nerve can cause a tooth to become more brittle and the crown protects the tooth and prevents breakage.
If we prefer to preserve your tooth, why would we ever want to extract it?
There are some situations where removing the tooth is the most appropriate solution. If root canal therapy did not succeed or the tooth is putting other teeth at risk, it is better to perform an extraction.
Just like we do for root canal therapy, we’ll take steps to make sure that you are comfortable and numb for your procedure. Your comfort is always one of our top priorities. If you are feeling anxious or worried about your procedure, please let us know so that we can discuss your options.
Your Tooth Replacement Options
If we are planning an extraction, Dr. Fischbach will also take the time to discuss your tooth replacement options with you. Unless we are removing wisdom teeth or making room for orthodontic treatment, tooth replacement is important. Without some type of prosthesis to fill in the gap, your other teeth may soon drift, putting your bite out of alignment. A misaligned bite is associated with a number of problems including uneven wear, grinding and clenching, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction, an uncomfortable inflammation of the jaw joint.
We offer a number of options, including dental implants, and we’ll make sure that you have all the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you.
If You Are in Pain, Call Us Right Away
Dental pain is always a sign that something is wrong. You shouldn’t have to suffer silently. Please call our office right away and let us know what’s going on so that we can get you in quickly and treat your problem.