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Here's the bad news: One of your teeth has tooth decay. But here's even worse news: The decay has entered the pulp and root canals in the heart of the tooth. You're well on your way to losing that tooth.
But cheer up—root canal therapy might save your decayed tooth. We use root canal therapy to remove the infection from within a tooth and then fill the resulting empty spaces to prevent further infection. This routine procedure has saved millions of teeth.
But alas, along the way root canals somehow became a cultural symbol for unpleasantness. In reality, there's nothing further from the truth—the procedure itself is painless, and may even stop any pain caused by tooth decay.
So, let's take the mystery out of root canal therapy—the more you know, the less wary you'll feel. Here's what to expect if you undergo this tooth-saving procedure.
Preparation. We start by numbing the tooth and surrounding gums with local anesthesia. While we're waiting for the anesthesia to take full effect, we isolate the tooth with a dental dam to prevent cross-contamination to other teeth.
Access. Next, we drill a small opening into the tooth to access the pulp and root canals. If it's one of the large back teeth, we drill the hole in the tooth's biting surface; in a narrower front tooth, we make the access opening in the rear surface.
Removal. We remove tissue from the pulp and root canals using special instruments. Afterward, we thoroughly disinfect the pulp and canal interiors with an antibacterial solution to ensure we've stopped the infection.
Filling. After re-shaping the root canals, we fill them and the pulp chamber with gutta percha, a rubber-like material ideal for this type of dental situation. We then fill and seal the access hole. In a few weeks, you'll return to have a permanent crown installed to further protect the tooth.
You may have some minor discomfort that's usually manageable with mild pain relievers, and should dissipate over a few days. The good news, though, is that we've more than likely saved a tooth that might have otherwise been lost.
If you would like more information on treating a decayed tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”
What your dentist in Sparkill, New York wants you to know
If you have tooth pain, you may not be thinking about anything else. The constant throbbing is keeping you up at night. The unrelenting discomfort is keeping you from eating the foods you love. It’s time to think about ending your pain for good by having a root canal. Dr. Thomas Williams at Dedicated Dental Services in Sparkill, NY wants to share the signs of when you might need a root canal. He proudly serves the residents of Old Tappan, Sparkill, Tappan, Blauvelt, Piermont, Nyack, South Nyack, Palisades, Norwood and Orangeburg, New York and he can help you too.
Teeth can be damaged from trauma to your face of jaws, or from infection, or from deep dental decay which has reached the inside of your tooth. The inside of your tooth is an area known as the pulp chamber and it contains the nerves and blood supply to your tooth. When the pulp is traumatized or damaged, fluid and inflammation build up inside your tooth, resulting in pressure and pain. Root canal treatment will eliminate the infection, pressure and pain, and you can still keep your tooth.
There are some obvious signs and symptoms which may indicate you need a root canal. You need to pay attention to:
- Unrelenting, throbbing pain that will not go away
- Sharp pain when you consume hot or cold foods or beverages
- Pain that radiates to other areas of your face or jaws
- Swelling or redness in your gums around the tooth
- Bleeding, drainage or pus coming from your gums near the tooth
If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to visit Dr. Williams. He will take x-rays and do tests on your tooth to see if it is compromised and could benefit from root canal therapy.
Only your dentist will know for sure if root canal therapy is what your tooth needs. If you are suffering from dental pain, call Dr. Thomas Williams at Dedicated Dental Services in Sparkill, NY, and serving residents of Old Tappan, Sparkill, Tappan, Blauvelt, Piermont, Nyack, South Nyack, Palisades, Norwood and Orangeburg, New York. Call today!