Root canal therapy is an opportunity to save your tooth when infection has invaded the root canal of your tooth, causing you discomfort and pain. With regular dental exams, x-rays, and thorough dental cleanings along with a nutritious diet and a commitment to brushing and flossing at home, you can put the odds in favor of you avoiding the need for root canal therapy. Unfortunately, though, no matter how responsible you are in taking care of your teeth, it is possible for plaque, bacteria, and food particles to make their way into the roots of your teeth and lead to problems. This is particularly so with a tooth that has suffered severe decay and/or has a deep filling. Also, chipped and cracked teeth are more vulnerable to infections. Even facial trauma can be a cause of needing root canal therapy. Our Midwood Brooklyn dentist, Dr. Abraham Esses, can assure you that modern root canal therapy is considerably more comfortable than the legends of the past. In fact, most patients report little or no pain at all during the procedure.
How do you know when you need root canal therapy? You may find out by accident, during the process of a routine dental exam, because sometimes there are no symptoms to notice. More typically, the inflammation and infection that leads to needing root canal therapy will result in unmistakable signs of a problem. Pain in your tooth, usually severe, will be evident when you chew or apply pressure to the tooth. You may also find that the tooth is sensitive to extreme hot or cold temperatures, such as with beverages. Sometimes, tooth discoloration or tender gums will be present also. When pain or some other symptom is causing you discomfort, that is the time to call our Midwood Brooklyn dentist.
The entire process of root canal therapy, including the placing of a permanent crown, usually requires three visits. What should you expect? First, you will receive a local anesthetic to ensure you do not experience pain. Our Midwood Brooklyn dentist will drill down to get access to the infected area, remove the nerve and pulp, and clean the area completely. Once that is done, the tooth is essentially dead, freeing you of the pain that the infection was causing. You will be fitted with a temporary crown between visits and while your permanent crown is being fashioned at the dental lab.