While a root canal bears the brunt of many jokes and grunts, the reality is that instead of inflicting pain, endodontic therapy takes away the pain and allows you to keep your tooth. Once infection seeps into your tooth’s pulp chamber, you risk losing your tooth unless it’s treated. At Park Avenue Dental, we treat an infected tooth to stop the pain and save your tooth from extraction.
Endodontic treatment can be avoided in New York. Dr. Mary Taudel and the team work closely with our patients to preserve natural teeth. We encourage at-home oral care alongside dental checkups to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, injuries, cracks, and undetected cavities can sometimes cause a tooth infection, warranting a root canal.
But how can I tell I need a root canal? While seeing a dentist is the sure way to know you need a root canal, there are several signs you can keep your eyes peeled for. These include:
If you notice the above signs, you need root canal treatment as soon as possible for a favorable outcome.
Root canals have an unfair, scary reputation. While an endodontic treatment is a bit more extensive than a tooth filling, it’s a pretty, well-tolerated procedure. In fact, rather than inflicting pain, it relieves the tooth pain that keeps you awake at night.
A root canal is a tooth-saving procedure that removes nasties, inflammations, and infections from the innermost part of your tooth. After numbing your tooth, Dr. Taudel accesses your pulp chamber through an opening at the top of the tooth. Then, our dental team removes the source of the infection and disinfects and shapes your root canals before sealing them with gutta-percha. The final stage of a root canal is installing a dental crown to strengthen the treated tooth.
Ultimately, modern dentists use anesthesia and precision treatment techniques to ensure that root canals are gentle, efficient, and have a low failure rate.
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