Root Canal on Wisdom Teeth
Since wisdom teeth are the final teeth to erupt, they generally make their appearance in the late teens or early 20s. While some wisdom teeth erupt without complications, it is more common for wisdom teeth to be unable to fully erupt, or to become impacted. Additionally, wisdom teeth can crowd or damage nearby teeth, and they may be more difficult to clean than your other teeth. If a wisdom tooth develops deep decay or an abscess, you may wonder if a root canal is an option.
Root canals are special treatments that are designed to remove the infected tissue, while still preserving the overall structure of the tooth. Preserving the natural tooth whenever possible is usually the best course of action, and root canal treatments allow us to do that safely and effectively. However, wisdom teeth may not be the best candidates for root canal treatment.
Because wisdom teeth tend to increase the risk for some types of dental problems, extraction may be a better option for a wisdom tooth that is either infected or diseased. A dental extraction removes the tooth from its socket. Unlike other teeth, a wisdom tooth will not need to be restored with an implant or other restoration after extraction. Your remaining teeth will be less crowded, and your bite may even be more comfortable once the extra tooth is removed.
If you have a badly decayed or abscessed wisdom tooth, you may be a better candidate for an extraction, as opposed to a root canal. If you do choose a root canal, we may need up to two visits in order to complete the process, as the treated tooth will need to be protected with a dental crown. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in endodontic therapy in Los Angeles.
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