We Want To Save Your Teeth!
One of our main goals is to do everything we can to save your teeth. Our teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but when they are not cared for properly or treatment is avoided, it can lead to the discussion of extraction and tooth replacement options. There is one treatment we provide to patients that is used to save the natural tooth — root canal therapy. Read on to learn more about this treatment and why it’s not as bad as you may imagine.
Reasons for a Root Canal
When a patient learns that they need a root canal, they may get nervous because of what they’ve seen in movies and on television. Thanks to advancements in dental treatment and technology, root canal therapy has become a more common and safer treatment. A root canal is used to restore the health of the tooth root. When the tooth root becomes infected or damaged, a root canal can prevent the need for an extraction. We may recommend a root canal when:
- There is trauma to the tooth
- A large filling needs to be replaced and there is not enough tooth structure
- A crack or brake reaches the pulp inside the tooth
What to Know About Treatment
Root canal therapy is similar to a filling, just more involved. The process of a root canal involves opening the tooth and removing the infected pulp. Then, the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, a filling is placed into the root, and the area is sealed. The severity of the decay will determine if a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown is needed. Following treatment, it is important to be mindful of the area when eating and cleaning your teeth until your mouth is healed.
If you are experiencing discomfort in your mouth or we recommend a root canal or other treatment, be sure to contact our office in Spotswood, NJ to schedule an appointment. Delaying a root canal or other treatment can lead to serious oral health complications and the need for additional measures, such as a tooth extraction. We want to help get your oral health back on track!