Why patients should not be scared of root canal therapy

Patients know how to take good care of their smile by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly for a cleaning and evaluation. However, sometimes problems arise that require more immediate treatment, including patients who develop a severe toothache. Dr. Mary A. Taudel of New York, New York, is a dental professional who offers solutions for patients on an emergency basis when issues develop. A toothache might signify an abscess, infection, or injury to a tooth that might require root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

When patients hear “root canal,” they often think of a painful procedure that they’d rather avoid. However, this treatment gets a bad rap! Root canal therapy sometimes referred to as endodontic treatment, is a specialized procedure that a professional will perform to save a tooth from extraction. It is performed on teeth that are severely damaged, decayed, infected, or abscessed. Patients who have this procedure done will be anesthetized locally and may even have sedatives administered to ensure comfort from start to finish. This treatment can get patients out of pain, not contribute to their pain.

What happens during root canal therapy?

The root canal procedure is performed during a single appointment to restore health to a tooth while avoiding the need for permanent extraction. It can save an infected tooth and allow patients to keep their natural tooth in place. During this procedure, the dentist will access the inner canals of the tooth to remove the dental pulp and disinfect the inside. Then, gutta-percha and composite resin seal the tooth to avoid the entrance of bacteria. The tooth may also be covered with a dental crown to protect it from damage further now that it may be weakened.

Call for an appointment at Park Avenue Dental today

Dr. Mary A. Taudel of New York, New York, can provide patients with endodontic treatment to repair a damaged tooth or save an infected one. Eliminate the need for permanent extraction by having root canal therapy performed by our experienced dentist. Call (646) 588-1704 to request an appointment with our team and discuss your unique needs. We are open to new and returning patients and families at our facility conveniently located at 37 Park Avenue, Suite A.

Root Canal Video

Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.