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MIDTOWN: 281-783-3227

Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment

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.

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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

Calcium Hydroxide

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
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including: Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works). They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude. GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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