Root Canal Treatments & Implants
Root Canal Treatments
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
How It's Done
First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If Dr. Montoya decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, Dr. Montoya will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and/or crown over the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success and many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed at the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.
Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. In this procedure, titanium posts are surgically inserted into your jawbone. After the surgery, implant posts need to heal for approximately three to six months. During this healing period (called osseointegration) the titanium post fuses with your jawbone to provide a solid foundation on which to place the artificial tooth restoration. Once the implant post has successfully integrated into the jawbone, and the area is healed, Dr. Montoya will begin work on your restoration. He may suggest placing a crown, or perhaps a bridge, depending on your needs. Dental implants can even anchor a full or partial set of dentures.
Advantages of dental implants
- Implants are extremely natural looking
- Fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable compared to traditional dentures
- They last a lifetime
Disadvantages of dental implants
- Implants are expensive and a major financial investment
- The process of getting implants can be time consuming and requires multiple visits to the dentist
- There is a chance their surgery fails (roughly 5% of the time)
The video below will provide more information about implants: