ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Do you need root canal therapy? Well……
Are you experiencing throbbing tooth pain?
Do you have a tender or swollen gum?
Is your tooth painful when touched?
Is your tooth sensitive to hot and cold?
Have you damaged a tooth?
You may need to seek root canal therapy if you experience any of those symptoms. Come visit us at Glen Cove, NY, for an evaluation!
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure to treat dental pain or infection caused by the inflamed or dead nerve. This condition is called pulpitis.
Our endodontist team at Glen Cove uses professional tools and techniques to reach deep into the tooth. The procedure includes removing inflamed nerve and debris before sealing the canal and applying a filling called gutta-percha. Removal of the infected nerve effectively stops the pain and further development of the infection. Afterward, your endodontist will place a crown on the tooth to protect and restore it to its original function. If left untreated the infection surrounding the tooth will eventually cause loss of the tooth.
What indicates that I may need root canal therapy?
Sometimes, you may not know you have an infected tooth. However, many people may notice certain symptoms. Signs you need a root canal include:
- Tooth pain that doesn’t go away: Many dental problems can cause tooth pain. If you have pain deep in your tooth, you may need root canal therapy. Discomfort may also extend to your jaw, face or other teeth.
- Sensitivity to heat and cold: If you drink hot coffee or eat ice cream and your tooth hurts, it could mean that you need root canal therapy. This is especially true if the pain lingers for more than a few seconds.
- Swollen gums: Whenever a tooth is infected, pus can collect in the area. This can cause puffy, swollen or tender gums.
- Pimple on the gums: You may develop a pimple or boil on the gums. Sometimes pus from the infected tooth may drain from the pimple, causing an unpleasant taste or smell.
- Swollen jaw: Sometimes pus doesn’t drain from the site. Consequently, your jaw may become visibly swollen.
- Tooth discoloration: When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, it can cause your tooth to look darker. This happens because of poor blood supply to the tooth.
- Pain when pressure is applied: If you have pain when you eat or touch your tooth, perhaps it could mean the nerves around the pulp are damaged.
- A chipped or cracked tooth: If you’ve cracked a tooth in an accident, such as when playing sports or even by biting down on something hard, bacteria can reach all the way into the tooth pulp.
- Loose tooth: An infected tooth may shake or feel looser. This happens because the pus from the infected pulp can soften the bone that supports the tooth.
Root canal therapy versus extraction
It is always a good idea to try to preserve the natural tooth with a root canal and crown rather than having the tooth extracted. However, there are circumstances when extracting the tooth is a wise choice. To find out what is the best treatment option for you schedule a visit with us as soon as possible!