What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are a type of preventative dentistry. A successful root canal helps the patient avoid losing a tooth that has become infected or decayed on the inside. Root canals are a type of endodontic treatment.
What is Endodontic Treatment?
Endodontic therapy is a treatment of the inside of the tooth. Any treatment of a tooth that goes below the enamel falls into this category. Under the tooth’s enamel, there is a hard layer called the dentin. There is also a material referred to as soft pulp. The pulp contains root canals, blood vessels, nerve endings and connective tissue to hold everything together. The tooth needs this pulp to grow, but once a tooth reaches maturity, it can survive without the pulp.
How Do I Know if I Need Endodontic Treatment?
Endodontic treatment becomes a necessity when the pulp of a tooth develops problems, such as swelling or infection. Infection can get into a tooth if there has been repeated dental work on the tooth already, if the tooth chips or cracks or if the tooth is extraordinarily decayed. Symptoms of infected pulp include bad toothaches. In extreme cases, there might even be abscesses on the gums surrounding the infected tooth. An especially bad toothache that permeates the gums may be a sign of a problem in the pulp of the tooth.
How Does a Root Canal Save the Tooth?
A root canal eradicates the infected pulp in a tooth. During the procedure, your dentist will remove any pulp that has become swollen or infected. Once the damaged pulp is out, your dentist disinfects the entire space and fills it. This gets any problem-causing bacteria out of the tooth and seals it out, preventing further damage and the spread of infection.
The Root Canal Process at All Smiles Dental
All Smiles Dental is a leading provider of root canal therapy in NYC. Our foolproof process has led to proven success in saving teeth. We clean out the inside of the tooth, then refill it. This enables us to avoid having to remove the tooth. After the inside of the tooth is disinfected and sealed, we protect it with a crown. Dental crowns are the final step to protecting a tooth after a root canal. They prevent the tooth from experiencing impacts that could damage it without the support of its pulp. If you have any more questions about our root canal process, we are always happy to answer them. Contact us and we’ll help as soon as we can.
Make an Appointment Today
If you live in New York and need to get a root canal, make it as easy as possible on your teeth and wallet. Come to All Smiles Dental – the NYC dentist that offers superior expertise and valuable financing plans. Our team also understands that root canals can be intimidating, so we always ensure that our patients are comfortable and at ease during the procedure. Schedule your appointment today to experience what makes us one of the best dentists in NYC.