See What a Root Canal Can Do for You
Root canal is one of the best options. In fact, 3,000 years before Christ, the Egyptians were using hot brass wires to actually cauterize nerves in people’s teeth. So root canal is an ancient cure. And actually, I love root canals, although I’m an implant dentist, root canals are good because God’s implants are better than all the implants that I’ve been able to place because of morphology, because different root structure, because of the shape you can attain and the spaces you can close. So root canals enable us to do a lot of things.
The other thing about root canals is you get to keep your tooth. And by keeping your tooth, you also keep what’s called alveolar bone. Alveolar bone comes up as your tooth erupts into the mouth on top of a base bone. When the tooth is extracted, that bone starts to shrink. And you have people who are young, who’ve lost teeth, and who’ve lost bone, and it starts that aging process of losing jawbone, and losing support, and losing muscular support because you don’t have your own teeth.
So we like to have a real tooth that’s been treated by root canal, preferably. But the great thing about here also is in the event that root canal isn’t successful for whatever additional reasons, some of them we cannot predict, we can go to the next stage, which will be an extraction with a bone graft and then an implant. But a root canal is always the best first option in most cases if the tooth can be saved by a root canal.