We are Drs. Greg & Joanne Szalai, your Allen Park dentists. When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice: try to save the tooth with a root canal, or extract it.
There are several factors that impact this decision. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontitis.
In a root canal (endodontic) procedure, the dentist removes the nerve and pulp of the tooth. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off. Root canals have the reputation of being very painful, but dentistry has come a long way over the years, and they aren’t nearly as bad as most people think.
If the tooth is extracted, the patient may want to replace it with an artificial tooth. Tooth replacement has come a long way, too. Today, dental implants are considered mainstream dentistry. To replace a missing tooth, a screw-like implant is connected to the patient’s jawbone. This provides a base for the artificial replacement tooth. Most often, the process takes six to eight months, because of the healing that must take place once the implant is connected to the bone.
If you do not currently have a dentist, feel free to schedule a consultation at Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care. Our practice includes cosmetic and family dentistry. You can trust the Allen Park dentists for vital, unbiased information so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment.
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