Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Root Canals

When it comes to dental problems, there is a solution for each specific issue that will help you regain and restore your oral health and function.

One of those procedures is having a root canal.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal intervention is performed when the pulp inside the tooth has been severely affected by an infection or inflammation due to untreated tooth decay.

During a root canal, the dentist will extract the infected pulp in an attempt to save the tooth. If the infection is not treated in time, the dentist might not be able to save your natural tooth. 

After the pulp extraction, the dentist will seal the area to protect it from further damage, and you will be able to have a perfectly healthy and functional tooth again. 

If you are worried about pain, know that this procedure is done under local anesthesia so that you won't feel a thing.

There are two ways to perform a root canal: non-surgical and surgical.

Let's learn the difference between the two. 

Non-surgical Root Canal

This is the more conventional way to perform a root canal. Here's how it works. 

After the local anesthesia kicks in, your endodontist will drill a hole in your tooth to reach and extract the damaged pulp and save the tooth. After the pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned and filled to prevent future damage. 

If the damage is considerable, your tooth might need reconstruction by using metal posts and then covering it with a dental crown. This will restore your tooth's functionality and prevent it from further damage. 

Surgical Root Canal 

This type of intervention is performed when the non-surgical root canal has failed or when it wasn't enough to save the tooth. This type of surgery is minor, and it is done under local anesthesia as well. 

A surgical root canal may also be recommended when the infection or inflammation continues to impact the tooth even after the pulp has been non-surgically removed. 

This can happen either because the bacteria has not been properly cleaned before sealing the tooth or new bacteria entered through a new cavity. 

A surgical root canal is done through the gum to prevent the tooth's structure from getting damaged. 

Surgical or Non-Surgical Root Canal?

Your dentist will be the one determining which type of root canal will help your oral health best. Regardless, both of these procedures can help save and restore your oral health and save you money from tooth replacement procedures. 

If you have any dental questions or require a check-up or intervention, then the team ONE ENDO is ready to help you!

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