Front Tooth Root Canal Treatment
A brief look at the front tooth root canal procedure. Most dental patients dread hearing the phrase “root canal” because they know that it is often a bit of a time consuming treatment.
It is also, however, a way to keep a tooth while eliminating the issues that are making it cause serious pain or discomfort.
Many dental professionals find it disturbing to hear how often someone would opt for a tooth to be extracted rather than for it to have a root canal treatment.
Why is this a problem? Consider that every adult tooth is situated within the jawbone.
This means that the teeth all help to strengthen and support the jaw. As we age and all of our bones begin to shrink, the bones in our face and jaw lose some of their density and their strength too.
When these bones are also missing some of the natural teeth, it means that the jaw bones are that much weaker as well.
This situation also allows our remaining teeth to shift and move as well. This may not sound serious, but it does change our bite pattern and this might lead to headaches, sore teeth and gums, and even to further damage to remaining teeth as they grind unnaturally together. It can even change the way we speak!
So, this illustrates the reason why dentists would prefer patients to opt for the root canal, and why patients should “tough it out” too.
Front Tooth Root Canal Procedure
What is interesting is that many patients really cringe when they hear that they need a front tooth root canal, and this too is unfortunate because it is the front teeth in which root canals are easiest and less risky.
Let’s look at how the root canal is done in order to understand why the front teeth are actually the optimal ones for the therapy.
First of all, root canal procedures are needed when the tooth and surrounding tissue are decayed and infected to a tremendous degree.
The average cavity can be filled in the traditional approach because it may have penetrated the enamel and the coating of the tooth known as the dentin, but it is not likely to have gone deep into the pulpy central canal of the tooth.
When decay has progressed into the central chamber of the tooth, however, it can often travel down into the roots and cause an abscess on the outside of it.
This is when tooth pain can be at its worst because the nerves are under attack and tremendous amounts of pressure are being created by the buildup of pus and fluids surrounding the sickly tooth.
When a dentist sees this much trouble with the tooth, they know that the only way to save the tooth is to remove the nerve system and blood vessels inside of it, and to then seal the inside of the tooth permanently.
This is the major focus of the front tooth root canal procedure. It requires very careful drilling and the use of two special compounds to ensure that the decay is gone, the tooth no longer has pain or sensation, and that future decay is totally impossible.
It also requires the use of a restorative crown to replace the top portion of a tooth that may have been lost during the root canal work.
The entire process of the front tooth root canal procedure is often done in two steps because most dentists want to be absolutely certain that all of the decay is gone before they put the new restorative crown on the sick tooth.
They double check the status of the root canal on the second visit, and if all is well they put the crown into position, or they do a final filling on the tooth.
So, what makes the front teeth preferable to the molars when a root canal is needed? There are a few good answers to this question.
For instance, when a dentist is doing a root canal on a molar, they often have to insert some sort of wedge into the patient’s mouth to help keep it open wide enough for them to work and see what they are doing.
Remember that the dentist is trying to work in a tiny space with poor lighting, and when the tooth is at the back of the mouth it is even more difficult.
They also have to use a rubber dam around the tooth to help with the situation too. This often makes patients incredibly uncomfortable and can even lead to a bit of jaw pain after the procedure is complete.
When the tooth is at the front of the mouth (meaning it is one of the eight incisors or two canines) the issues associated with the rubber dam and the wedges are entirely eliminated.
Another remarkable benefit for the patient who requires the front tooth root canal is that the structure of the roots of these teeth are a bit different. Generally, these roots are very straight and present no twists, turns, or challenges when the dentist is trying to clear them of vessels and nerves and create the necessary area for the filling.
This means that a front tooth root canal is far less likely to fail because there are fewer chances for a dentist to somehow miss or overlook any area of decay.
Also, many people who need a front tooth root canal do so after the tooth has been injured and died. This means that they can look forward to a sort of smile makeover once the process is complete.
How is that? Let’s say you are a softball player and you take a blow to the mouth from a softball. Initially, you think that your teeth are okay, but then you notice that one of your front teeth has started to darken. This is a sign that the tooth is suffering from internal bleeding.
A front tooth root canal will alleviate the bleeding, spare the tooth from being lost, and can often allow you to get the cosmetic veneer or repair you need to have your normal smile again.
Many patients use this as an opportunity to enhance the looks of their entire smile!
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