Root canal treatment offers many benefits, including the ability to save your tooth. But it also involves changing the tooth in a fundamental way. So, how different will your tooth be after your root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment removes the living part of the tooth, called the pulp, or, sometimes, the nerve. This means that the tooth itself no longer has a mechanism for sensing pain. You won’t have toothaches in that tooth anymore.
If you have a tooth that’s long been a problem, with sensitivity to temperature or pressure, it won’t be a problem anymore. You won’t get a “zinger” when you eat ice cream, drink coffee, or snack on sweets. Nor will you have spontaneous toothaches like those you’ve been dealing with thanks to your infection, the kind that you’ve been dealing with for weeks or months before getting your treatment. No more waking up in the middle of the night with pain. Your tooth will be comfortable. If anything, you might notice that it doesn’t have as much sensation as your other teeth. Other than sensitivity to heat or cold, most people can’t tell the difference.
Keeping Good Things
On the other hand, a root canal treatment offers benefits because it maintains features of your natural tooth that no other treatment can mimic. This includes the natural tooth root and periodontal ligament, a tough but flexible tissue, that connect your tooth indirectly to the jawbone.
Why does this matter? The periodontal ligament does many things for you. First, it gives your tooth some extra cushion. Teeth don’t just last because they’re strong, they last because they can flex and move, and part of that is the periodontal ligament.
The flexing of the ligament also helps your body to measure the bite force so you can automatically adapt and not bite down too hard. This preserves your treated tooth and the teeth it contacts.
Plus, when the periodontal ligament flexes, it helps to stimulate your body to strengthen the bone around the tooth. This makes sure that your jawbone stays healthy and strong to anchor the tooth.
Similar, but Repaired
In other words, a root canal treatment preserves some great things about your natural tooth. This allows your tooth to keep functioning the way it should for decades, even a lifetime with proper care.
But because we’re removing the sensitive parts of the tooth, the parts that are vulnerable to infection, your tooth repairs make it better than it was before the treatment. You’ll enjoy better comfort with the same function.
Would you like to learn more about what it’s like to get a root canal treatment in Anchorage? Perhaps you are considering dental implants and want to know if it’s best to repair or replace your tooth. We can help. Please call (907) 274-7691 today for an appointment with an Anchorage dentist at Denali Dental Care today.