Dental pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. It can become infected when a tooth is cracked, injured, or contains a deep cavity. During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected dental pulp from inside your tooth and fill it with a substitute material. Then he or she will place a dental crown to restore and save your natural tooth. Dr. Kevin Trotter performs root canal therapy at our Brooklyn Heights, NY, practice using gentle techniques that make the treatment comfortable as well as efficient. With our CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) technology, we can create a crown onsite to complete your entire root canal procedure in just one visit.
Some patients do not experience symptoms with damaged or infected pulp. Other patients may experience:
If you do not receive effective treatment for the inflammation or infection in your tooth, it can progress into an abscess (a pocket of pus within the tooth). If it does not drain, the abscess can cause the infection to spread to other parts of your head and neck. Root canal treatment clears the tooth of infection and allows your biting and chewing function to return to normal. Importantly, it saves your natural tooth. Preserving the tooth and its root is best for your oral health, and it avoids more extensive procedures like tooth extraction and dental implant treatment.
Root canal treatment clears the tooth of infection and allows your biting and chewing function to return to normal.
The doctor will first numb your tooth and gums with local anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable during the entire procedure. To enhance your overall experience, we can also provide you with Netflix, Pandora, and noise-cancelling headphones. If you are still nervous, we can provide dental sedation to help you relax.
Root canal therapy consists of a systematic series of steps to replace the infected tooth pulp with a substitute material and place a dental crown over the tooth to preserve it.
After you are comfortable, the dentist will create a small opening in the top of the tooth in order to gently remove the infected dental pulp from inside. Next, your dentist will carefully clean and sterilize the tooth and root canals. He or she will then fill them with a rubber-like substance, before restoring the tooth with a filling or a crown. In many cases, we can use our state-of-the art CEREC® technology to create a customized, natural-looking crown. Thanks to this innovative, in-office milling system, we can often complete root canal therapy in a single day. You will not have to worry about multiple dental visits or an uncomfortable temporary crown.
It is important to follow your at-home care instructions after your root canal. If you care for your tooth properly, it can last for many years, if not the rest of your life.
Choosing root canal therapy treatment over a tooth extraction will not only relieve the infection. It will also help strengthen and save your natural tooth. If you are experiencing dental pain of any kind, contact our office today to learn more about root canal therapy and to schedule your consultation.
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