Root Canals Get Rid of Your Pain for Good
Two of the main causes of tooth pain are tooth decay which has eaten through your tooth to infect it's inner tissues or an infection which starts at the tip of the root. In this case, your Bellmore and Bayside dentists have two options: extract the tooth or preserve its structure using root canal therapy. While extraction may seem like a simpler option, if the tooth is restorable a root canal is a much better option because nothing is like saving your own tooth. Learn more about how root canal therapy can help get rid of your tooth pain and save your natural tooth with help from your dentists at Silverman and Associates in Bayside, NY and Bellmore, NY.
When is a root canal necessary?
Tooth decay begins on a tooth’s surface and slowly eats its way through the tooth’s layers. Eventually, it comes to the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s blood vessels, tissues, and nerve. A toothache occurs when this inner tissue becomes inflamed or infected. Another way for the contents of the pulp chamber to get injured is from an infection that develops at the tip of the root. A root canal removes the contents of the pulp chamber, eliminating the decaying or dead tissue and cleans out the infection.
Root Canal Myths
Root canals have a bad reputation for being long-winded, painful procedures. This reputation has led to many people unnecessarily dreading this procedure. Actually, a root canal is neither painful nor very long. Most root canal procedures only take about an hour and depending on the situation, can even take as few as 30 minutes.
Root Canal Therapy in Bayside, NY and Bellmore, NY
Your dentist begins the procedure by using local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissues. With the area numb, the chamber and canals of the infected tooth are accessed through the top of the tooth (similar to a regular filling, but going deeper into the tooth). Your Bayside and Bellmore dentists use specialized tools to remove the tooth’s inner tissues, nerve, and any other infection. The tooth's canals are cleaned and a filling is placed into each canal. Your dentist will place a temporary filling in the tooth to allow it to heal before placing a permanent filling and crown. Most root canal procedures require a dental crown which fits on top of the tooth to protect it from future damage. Your dentist can help you determine if a root canal is right for you and your situation.
For more information on root canal therapy, please contact your dentist at Silverman and Associates in Bayside, NY or Bellmore, NY. Call (718) 225-0515 or (516) 781-9700 schedule your appointment today!