Encinitas Holistic Dentist Confirms Root Canal Alternatives Do Exist
You’ve recently had your dental checkup, and your dentist told that you need a root canal. This has got you worried. From what you hear, the procedure is quite painful, and you can’t imagine yourself going through it. Perhaps now you’re asking yourself if there are less painful alternatives to root canal. Your Encinitas holistic dentist wants you to know that yes, alternatives do exist, but it all depends on the situation.
The reason most dentists recommend root canal is because they don’t take the time to diagnose the problem thoroughly. If they did, and if root canal is truly necessary, then that means the damage to the tooth is severe and irreversible. Thus, the safest alternative to root canal is quite simply, tooth extraction.
The problem with tooth extraction is that it’s drastic. For starters, it leaves a gap in the gumline, which can be more problematic than a root canal in the long run. When there is a gap in the gums, it can lead to jawbone loss at the site of the gap
A root canal involves the creation of an opening in the damaged tooth to reach the infected pulp inside. The tooth itself remains intact. Once the painful pulp is removed, the damaged tooth is filled and restored back to its healthy state.
You can always choose tooth extraction over root canal therapy, but have the gap filled with a dental device as soon as possible to prevent jawbone loss. Once jawbone loss sets in, your jaw will shift and lead to an irregular bite, which can be severely uncomfortable. Oral appliances used to replace missing tooth include dental implants, bridges, and dentures. That said, although these oral appliances can look and work like natural teeth, they are a much pricier option to root canal.
If your dentist recommends root canal for you, it is wise to get a second and even third opinion from other dental practitioners. You certainly don’t want to be misdiagnosed, and a good dentist will understand your need to confirm, as a root canal treatment is a decision that you should never take lightly. In the off chance that you have been misdiagnosed, a San Diego holistic dentistry office such as The Center for Natural Dentistry, have many safer and ‘less barbaric’ options for you, including calcium hydroxide, ozone gas, and natural remedies, among others.
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