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Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment
Sometimes severe tooth damage or untreated cavity can lead to the pulp being infect with bacteria. The pulp is the soft tissues found in the root canal, and if it get infected or inflamed a root canal procedure must be carried out. If root canal treatment is not given, you may end up losing your tooth.
What is root canal? It is a natural chamber found inside the tooth, which acts as the house for tooth pulp. Dental pulp contains the connective tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and lymph vessels. The work of pulp is to nourish the tooth and transmit sensitivity and pain signals to the brain.
There a number of reasons that the root canal treatment may be necessary such as;
- The dental pulp have been exposed by dental carries
- Dental pulp or nerve infection
- Tooth irritating due to previous restoration procedures like deep dental fillings.
- Traumatic tooth fractures that have caused to root canal failure
Nevertheless, there are alternatives to root canal treatment. The alternatives may not bring the similar benefits as root canal treatment, especially if the alternative method is tooth extraction. Saving your natural tooth comes with numerous advantages. Apart from tooth extraction there other alternatives to prevent root canal treatment and cavities such as natural remedies, fillings, and dental medicines prior to the necessity of the root canal treatment.
What are possible alternatives to Root Canal or how to prevent one?
Untreated cavity or severe tooth injury may expose the dental pulp to infections or bacteria, which may lead to the tissues being damaged as a results one may lose the tooth due to lack of the necessary strength and support. In order to save the tooth, one may have to go for a root canal treatment. One can go for alternatives treatment because the tooth can’t be saved or if one is not willing to go for root canal among other reasons. However, if the tooth can’t be saved, the only alternative you can go for is tooth extraction.
Even though the above alternatives seem promising, none of them is more effective than root canal procedure. Not only does root canal allows the patients to keep their natural teeth, but it also restore the tooth functions such as speaking, eating, and smiling.
Who is more susceptible to needing alternatives to a root canal?
If you don’t care for your teeth properly, you might end up losing them. You need to brush and floss your teeth regularly to avoid cases of tooth decay or cavities. Also avoid tooth injuries and be safe. You can do this by wearing mouth guard if you have a habit of grinding your teeth or you play contact sports. In addition, avoid using your teeth as tool or biting non-food objects. Otherwise, you will be more susceptible to needing root canal treatment and other alternative treatments. If you treat cavities on time, root canal treatment might work for you, but if left untreated you may end up having to extract the tooth.
In other words, you can avoid root canal treatment and other alternatives by avoiding foods rich in sugars, practicing good oral hygiene, going for regular dental check-ups, and avoiding drinks and foods rich in acids and starch.
How do you treat a patient using alternatives or help prevent a root canal?
- Tooth extraction
Sometimes the tooth might be severely damaged such that it can’t be saved. When a tooth can’t be restored due to intensive tooth decay or severe damaged, tooth extraction maybe the only solution. Sometimes root canal treatment may not work on infected tooth, and tooth will have to be removed. It is not usual for a dentist to recommend for tooth extraction, unless the situation calls for it. In fact, tooth extraction is recommended as the final alternative, when all hope is gone.
There are two methods of extracting the tooth; simple extraction and surgical extraction. With simple extraction the dentist will numb the tooth, loosen it and pull it out, but for surgical extraction the dentist will have to;
- Numb the tooth
- carry out incision and flap elevation
- Release periodontal ligament fibers
- Place a safety net
- Section the tooth
- Loosen and elevate the tooth
- Natural remedies
You can go natural and prevent a root canal treatment. If your tooth does not hurt, then you have time to look for natural ways to treat it instead of going for a root canal treatment. Most people think that the only alternative to root canal treatment is tooth extraction and that is true. Sometimes all you need is safer diet to heal possible infections. In this case, you have to be disciplined enough to follow the strict diet. Good diet is the best form of natural healing. However, you should know that not all tooth infections can be healed with good diet. Visit your dentist to determine whether natural remedies can work for you. Natural remedies include;
- Eliminate sugary food intake both processed and natural
- Drink milk from pasture raised animals/ certified raw milk
- Eat high quality protein such as raw fish
- Eat raw butter, plenty of it
- Avoid carbs, especially grains and flour products
Sometimes dental medicines are placed prior to fillings to help aid in tooth healing that may need a root canal. In these cases sometimes calcium hydroxide is placed. Calcium hydroxide discourages the growth of bacteria. As an alkaline substance, calcium hydroxide also dissolves dead tissues. Dentist have medications that they use to help fight deep cavities and dental sensitivity. Healing time is necessary too after placement of the medication in order for the tooth to naturally heal and let the medicine take its course.
What are the symptoms of someone who needs a root canal?
Watch out for symptoms such as:
- Infected pulp or nerve
- Severely damaged tooth
- Severe tooth decay
- Irritating tooth
- Traumatic tooth fractures