Pros and Cons of Root Canals

Pros and Cons of Root Canals from Aspiring Smiles Dental and Braces in Las Vegas, NVWondering what root canals are really like? Read on to learn more. Root canals may be daunting to many people due to their poor reputation. However, what most do not know is that without a root canal, one's tooth can become completely decayed, resulting in overall loss, extreme amounts of pain, and bone deterioration long-term. The procedure is often quite necessary to save a tooth. Nonetheless, there are pros and cons to root canals, which are outlined below.

An overview of root canals

The following are some of the pros and cons of root canals. This information may come in handy to individuals who are preparing for this procedure.

The pros

There are many positives to getting a root canal performed. For example, the goal is to remove an infection from a tooth that is on its way to severe decay. This procedure does achieve that while also relieving one's pain, which is a common side effect of an infected tooth. Additionally, root canals completely remove the roots from a tooth, which ultimately ensures that there will not be any other pain in the future.

Another positive to getting a root canal is that afterward, a dental crown is placed on top of the tooth. Dental crowns completely cover a tooth, ensuring that it is not exposed to anything that could harm it. This provides protection and allows one to regain function when it comes to eating, speaking, and smiling.

The cons

There are a couple of downsides to root canals, however, they are ultimately just part of the procedure that cannot be avoided. Rather, it is good to be aware of the downsides so that one can appropriately prepare. The following are some disadvantages to consider:

  • Discomfort: Root canals were notorious for pain, however, over the years, the procedure has been streamlined to limit the pain to a minimum. However, the nerves of a decayed tooth are being removed during the procedure, so ultimately, the pain from an infection will be removed, as well.
  • Recovery: The recovery process after a root canal can take a couple of days. The area where the root canal was performed and surrounding it is usually inflamed and sore for a few days. This can be remedied with over-the-counter medications and ice packs.
  • Time-consuming: Root canals can take up to an hour in the first appointment and a second appointment is necessary so that the permanent dental crown can be placed atop the tooth.

There may be other patient-specific downsides to root canals, however, these would have to be outlined by a dental professional.

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Do you need a root canal?

People who are considering a root canal should consult with an oral health professional for more information. Oftentimes, these professionals are oral surgeons as they are most prepared and equipped to perform root canals. In some cases, general dentists also perform root canals too. Contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation appointment.

Request an appointment or call Aspiring Smiles Dental and Braces at 702-666-9777 for an appointment in our Las Vegas office.

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