At Park South Dentistry, we believe your teeth should be saved whenever possible. We avoid extractions when we are able, helping our patients maintain their natural smile. Root canal therapy is a successful treatment that helps save patients’ teeth from extraction after infection has taken hold. And contrary to popular belief, a root canal is a treatment that helps get you out of pain, not cause it!
How a Tooth Gets Infected
When decay forms in a tooth, it’s best to get treated right away, otherwise, the decay continues to spread throughout the tooth. If left untreated, the decay eventually reaches the inside sensitive pulp of the tooth. When this happens, the tooth is at risk of dying as the infection kills the nerves and structure of the tooth. Root canal therapy can save the tooth by removing all of the decay and infection from inside the tooth. Then, the tooth structure is rebuilt and protected in order to save the integrity of your smile. If your root canal is successful, tooth pain should subside almost immediately and the tooth can be saved for many more years to come. A dental crown is placed to cover and protect the tooth following treatment, allowing you to use your tooth like normal again.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
The process of root canal therapy has been proven to save teeth from dying and requiring extraction. When your dentist begins your root canal appointment, he will make sure that you are completely comfortable before beginning treatment. The area around the tooth will be completely numbed and sedation dentistry can also be used to help you relax. Sedation dentistry can help you feel completely at ease throughout your entire visit. Once you are comfortable, your dentist will carefully remove all signs of decay from the tooth. Using ultra-fine instruments, your dentist will cleanse the interior of the tooth, removing infection and dead tissue. The structure of your tooth will be restored with a biocompatible material called gutta percha, which helps keep the integrity of your tooth in order. Finally, your tooth will be protected with a lifelike dental crown. This crown covers the opening and decayed area of the tooth, allowing you to use your mouth like normal and restoring the beautiful appearance of your teeth. Often, patients feel almost immediate relief from tooth pain after a root canal.
If you are in need of root canal therapy in New York, NY, call us today! We can help get you the care that you need and have you on your way towards a healthier smile.