Root Canal Therapy
Whenever patients hear the words root canal therapy, they often think of a painful procedure that needs to be done. However, it is important for you to know that root canals are routine, and they are not something you should fear. When you receive a root canal at Eco Dental NY, you can expect it to feel just like a traditional dental filling. We take extra steps and precautions to ensure you are comfortable and that the procedure is not painful for you. Root canal treatment can save your tooth and we do all we can to avoid extracting your teeth.
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When Is a Root Canal Needed?
If you have a tooth that is severely infected, we may suggest you receive a root canal in Brooklyn. Enamel protects your teeth and each tooth has a layer of it but sometimes, the enamel becomes worn down, chipped, cracked, or experiences decay and trauma. When this happens, bacteria in your mouth can then get to the tooth and destroy the enamel until it eventually reaches the pulp. The pulp contains many blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues and reaches into the roots of the tooth, so when it becomes infected, it can be very painful.
Severe Tooth Infection: The Signs and Symptoms
The most common signs and symptoms of a severe tooth infection is pain when you chew or bite, or a continuous pain in a single tooth. Unfortunately, a tooth infection does NOT heal on its own and will need treatment. It is possible that the tooth you once felt pain in no longer hurts because the pulp has died. While the pain has subsided, the tooth infection is not gone and can spread to other teeth or to the roots and cause an abscess. If you are experiencing any tooth pain, it is vital that you seek out dental care. The sooner you receive root canal therapy, the greater chance we can save your tooth.
What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy
During your first visit to our dental clinic, we will provide you with a consultation. During this time, you will have x-rays taken of the tooth to identify the infection and see if it has spread. We will be able to better plan your treatment with an x-ray in hand.
Root canals are done using a local an estheticto help keep you comfortable during the procedure. (Read more: Oral Sedation Dentistry.) During the procedure, your dentist will gain access to the pulp of the tooth through the crown of the tooth. From there, your dentist will use specialized tools to remove the pulp and clean out the inside of the tooth. You will likely receive a temporary filling and if the infection was severe, you may receive some topical antibiotics. After the infection is removed and we are confident it is healed, your tooth will then be restored permanently. Permanent restoration usually involves a dental crown being placed over the tooth.