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17 June 2017

Root Canal Treatment vs Dental Implants Manchester

As a patient, if you have a compromised tooth then you may find yourself torn between two options for treatment. Root canal treatment or dental implants? Well, the truth is, they are two completely different procedures. By having a root canal treatment, Manchester residents have the chance to save their tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. On the other hand, with a dental implant, Manchester patients replace a missing tooth after an extraction, to restore the appearance and function of the natural tooth. So put simply, one option is to save your natural tooth, and the other is to replace your natural tooth. Either way, patients won’t feel any kind of discomfort during the procedure because we offer safe dental sedation UK

So why might you be facing this problem? Well, unfortunately, decay is still one of the most common dental problems we see today. Often because there’s no pain during the onset of decay, it can go unnoticed until the problem worsens. When it becomes extensive and causes a fracture of the tooth or it reaches the pulp and causes an infection, your dentist may first suggest root canal treatment save the tooth. That said, there is still some debate over whether a dental implant is a better choice.

Is Root Canal Treatment the best option?

If it looks like the tooth will have a very good prognosis by performing root canal treatment then often this will be the preferred treatment for dentists and patients. This is because it means your natural tooth can be saved and restored. But what does that involve?

A root canal treatment means that the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed. We do this by using various size files to clean out the canals. Once the roots are totally clean we widen them slightly in order to fill them with a rubber-like material that seals them. After a root canal treatment, Manchester patients may then be advised to have a crown fitted. This is because since the tooth no longer has a nerve inside, it’s now more likely to become dry and brittle. By covering with a crown, it will protect what’s left of the tooth. We understand that the thought of having a root canal can be daunting, that’s why here at Church Road Dental, we can offer dental sedation. UK patients may require this if they find it difficult to undergo dental treatment, as it helps provide a relaxed experience.

However while the majority of patients may prefer to try and save their tooth with root canal treatment, it’s true that sometimes teeth cross a line and enter the point of no recovery. If this is the case, having the tooth extracted will be advised as the only valid option. It’s also important to keep in mind that not all teeth treated with a root canal will become completely symptom-free afterward. Although this particular treatment has a really good success rate, some teeth may be questionable, which may eventually lead to the tooth being extracted anyway. If it looks that way, we may decide that root canal may not be your best option.

What if I choose a dental implant?

As mentioned, it’s not always possible or indeed in your best interest to save a tooth. This being the case, the only alternative is an extraction. We generally recommend restoring missing teeth afterward, because sometimes having a gap can affect your confidence, the ability to bite and chew or cause other teeth to shift. So if you need to restore a missing tooth, you may decide on dental implants in Manchester. So what does that involve?

A dental implant is a titanium post that’s surgically placed into the jawbone and acts as a substitute for the tooth root. A crown is then placed on top. As the replacement is permanently fixed, it’s just as comfortable, functional, and aesthetic as any natural tooth. So when compared to a tooth that is questionable to start with a dental implant is often a far better choice. Some feel that because there is always the slight risk of the tooth still failing with a root canal treatment, Manchester patients might be best to have a dental implant in the first place. That said, it’s not always a clear cut decision. Dental implants do have a great success rate but there are risks as well.

If you feel nervous about the thought of getting a dental implant, don’t let this put you off. Here at Church Road Dental, we find the use of dental sedation, UK patients feel relaxed and calm. So while you will remain awake during the placement of the implant, you won’t feel any pain. In fact, in many cases, patients don’t even recall having the treatment.

Of course, there’s only one way to know for sure what will be your best option. Whether you need root canal treatment Manchester or dental implants, Manchester residents can visit us for a consultation. We will be more than happy to discuss with you the pros and cons of each treatment. If you are a particularly nervous patient, don’t worry. Fear needn’t stop you from getting the treatment you need. By taking advantage of our dental sedation, UK patients with phobias can now be treated with comfort and ease. For more information on any of the above procedures, call us today on 0161 486 0743 or visit our website www.cheadlehulmedental.com.

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