Root canals are typically the last opportunity to have your natural tooth saved from an extraction after it has contracted an infection. Here at East Coast Endodontics, we are committed to helping you keep your teeth whenever possible, since having one removed will create various complications, including the need for a replacement, along with the time and cost involved with that process.
There is no reason to avoid root canal, even though it has a reputation that is less than positive. This comes form an old and outdated belief that this non-surgical procedure is painful. In fact, thanks to modern techniques and equipment, and when done by a root canal specialist like our 11557 endodontist, you can expect to have little or even no pain. Root canal is the treatment for the pain you are already experiencing, not the cause of more. When a large cavity, deep filling, or a cracked or chipped tooth allows bacteria into the pulp of your tooth, an infection can set in and that is why you end up suffering with pain, usually severe, when you try to chew with or apply pressure to the tooth in question. Other signs of needing the help of our 11557 endodontist are when the tooth is sensitive to either very hot or very cold foods and drinks, having tooth discoloration, or tender gums. Root canal has a rate of success that inspires confidence, at around 90%. One or multiple sessions may be required, depending on various factors such as the location of the tooth. You will be given sufficient anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable during the root canal. The tooth is drilled from the top to gain access to where the problem is, the injured pulp and nerve are removed, and the area is cleaned and sealed.
To restore the tooth back to full size after our 11557 endodontist has completed the root canal, you will be measured for and fitted with a dental crown. In most cases, a tooth that has undergone root canal will be as strong and durable as any other tooth.