Let Root Canals Save Your Smile

By Richard Ta, DDS
January 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

If you've been told you need a root canal, you might be a little apprehensive. Root canals have an undeserved bad reputation of being root canalspainful when in fact, their whole purpose is to relieve pain caused by damage inside the tooth. Beyond that, a root canal keeps the rest of your dental health in check. Here, Dr. Richard Ta, your dentist in Freemont, CA, explains why root canals save not only one of your teeth, but your entire smile.

Why pulling teeth isn't always the best option

In past decades, extracting (pulling) a hopelessly damaged or decayed tooth might have seemed like the best option to arrest the spread of infection and pain. However, this was before the dental industry advanced to the point of understanding that keeping as many of the natural teeth as possible is integral to the health and longevity of the other teeth. This is because the entire structure of the mouth - the jawbone included - rely on the presence of a full set of teeth. The roots of each tooth stimulate the jawbone to continue its growth, and each tooth relies on its neighbor to keep it where it needs to be. When teeth are missing, the jawbone recedes and the other teeth are left "stranded" in the mouth. They begin shifting in an attempt to "find" the missing tooth next to them. These two problems together put you at risk for more tooth loss.

Why root canals are tooth-saving

If the roots of the tooth are still intact, root canals are the preferred method of restoring a tooth for dentists like Dr. Ta in Freemont, CA. While the visible part of the tooth - the crown - needs work, the structures below it are still functional. By clearing away infection inside the tooth, reinforcing it with a strong rubber material, and then protecting it with a porcelain restoration, your Freemont dentist is making sure your natural teeth have a fighting chance.

Don't fear root canals - they're used to keep your smile functional and healthy! If you're in need of a root canal, or any other dental procedure, contact the dental office of Dr. Richard Ta in Freemont, CA.