Root Canal Therapy
By Stephen Rogers on January 15, 2013
Many people have heard about root canal therapy before but they have major misconceptions about what a root canal treatment may entail. When you visit our Long Island cosmetic dentistry center, we will be able to give a detailed description of the root canal therapy process and what is involved each step of the way.
Right now, we'd like to take a brief look at root canal therapy and give you some basic information in the process. This should help you understand the basics about root canal therapy and what to expect from the entire treatment process.
What is a root canal?
A root canal refers to a dental treatment that is performed in order to treat the infected dental pulp within a tooth. Doing so will alleviate pain and allow a dentist to save a tooth rather than extract it. During your visit to our Massapequa cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice, we will let you know if a root canal is the best option for you and your needs.
Why is a root canal necessary?
Within each tooth there is soft tissue known as dental pulp. This dental pulp helps nourish and maintain the proper health of a tooth. The pulp is also linked to nerves that help with the overall sensation and feeling that a tooth detects.
If the dental pulp becomes infected by the bacteria within the mouth (this usually occurs as a result of injury or major tooth decay), severe pain and discomfort is the result. If untreated, patients may have to have their tooth extracted in order to eliminate pain and to prevent the spread of infection. A root canal can achieve this without the need for tooth extraction.
The Root Canal Procedure
While there is a perception that root canals are an extremely painful general dental care procedure, they are nowhere near as painful as their reputation suggests. During the root canal procedure, patients will receive local anesthetic to numb the tooth. The dentist will then drill into the infected tooth in order to access the dental pulp within. Once drilled, the dental pulp will be removed from the tooth and the internal pulp chamber of the tooth will be sterilized to remove all bacteria.
When the pulp chamber of the tooth is sufficiently cleaned and free from bacteria, the pulp chamber is then filled with an inert material. Long Island dental crowns are used to seal the treated tooth and prevent any future infections or decay.
Additional Options to Consider for Improved Dental Health
In addition to a root canal treatment, there are plenty of other options out there for effective general dental care and preventative care. We'd be more than happy to discuss all options for effective dental treatment during your visit to our practice. We want to make sure that you can avoid any major dental treatments when possible.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
For more information about root canal treatments and how they can help you achieve the best possible dental health, be sure to contact our Massapequa cosmetic dentistry office today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health.
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