If you’re in tooth pain, a root canal may be the answer to ending your suffering. Root canals are often the perfect mechanism for saving a damaged tooth and protecting your long-term oral health.
Root canals restore your tooth’s structure, so you won’t even know you had a root canal.
Each tooth has a mix of blood, nerves, and connective tissue. This is known as “pulp,” and when your pulp is damaged, you’ll likely feel a lot of pain.
You might feel a dull throb or shooting pain in your temple, causing a headache. Some people feel sensitive to hot or cold things in addition to the pain.
Even if you could ignore the pain, it can get worse. Left untreated, the pain can spread due to infection.
A root canal removes the infected dental pulp and cleans out the area. It’s then filled with a safe material to replace the damaged tooth. The result is you maintain the natural structure of your teeth and can chew without pain.
Swollen gums or toothache pain are indicators you need dental care. At Nassau Dental Spa, our team will fully evaluate your oral health and assess if you need root canal therapy or retreatment.
Our goal is to eliminate the infected or inflamed pulp in your damaged tooth’s center. Then, we’ll rinse your root canals with an antiseptic solution to clear out any infection. Then, we’ll shape a small amount of a material called gutta-percha to seal the root canal and prevent further infections.
Once the gutta-percha dries, we may cover your damaged tooth with a crown. The crown restores your tooth’s shape and appearance so you can chew comfortably and forget you ever had a root canal.
Occasionally, you can have a root canal and later develop another infection or pain. In such cases, we may recommend a root canal retreatment. As it sounds, we’ll take apart the previous root canal and retreat the area.
It requires removing the crown and gutta-percha and any infection. We’ll clean your root canals with an antiseptic, dab an antibacterial paste on the infected area, and cover it with a temporary crown. You’ll go about your activities while the paste works and return a few weeks later for the gutta percha and crown replacement.
The root canal process reduces any risk of further complications. Root canals are a routine and mostly pain-less procedure, and they’re also necessary for your long-term oral health.