Endodontic treatment, also known as “root canal therapy,” involves removing infected or diseased tissue from the inside of the tooth. Once the infection has been eliminated, the tooth is restored with a filling or crown. This process helps to relieve patients of immense pain and prevents future problems related to an infection. Root canals are one of the most commonly performed dental procedures and have a high success rate. A root canal is often the only way to save an infected tooth and eliminate the pain associated with the condition. At Century Dental Associates, root canals are also relatively pain-free as local anesthesia is applied before being performed. The discomfort of the process is mild and temporary, and patients can return to their normal activities within a day or two.
When Do You Need Endodontic Therapy?
Endodontic treatment relieves many common oral issues like toothaches, sensitivity, and abscesses. However, some signs and symptoms indicate the need for a visit to the dentist’s office.
- Chronic tooth pain
- A tooth or teeth that are discolored or have darkened over time
- Teeth with multiple fillings or other restorations
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures of food and beverages
- Pus draining from the gums near the affected tooth
- Tenderness when chewing on the affected side
- Unexplained looseness of a tooth or multiple teeth
- An open sore on the gum line that does not heal after two weeks
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your dentist for a consultation to discuss your treatment options. Depending on the severity of your case, you may require either non-surgical root canal therapy or an extraction.
What Happens During Endodontic Therapy?
During your tooth-saving procedure, we will carefully clean away the infected tissue from within your tooth and seal the root canal to prevent further damage. We then fill your tooth with a biocompatible material to help it heal and restore full functionality.
After your treatment, you should continue practicing good oral hygiene habits at home by brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and avoiding sugary foods and drinks. This will help prevent additional damage to your teeth or new infections.
We will also discuss post-treatment care and any follow-up appointments you may need to make sure you’re healing properly. This may include wearing a protective restoration such as a dental crown or temporary filling until your treated tooth heals completely.
Visit Century Dental Associates at 111 John St., Lobby, New York, NY 10038, or call (212) 587-3000. Our dentist is your best resource for a recommendation that will allow you to achieve a healthy smile!