Root Canals & Endodontic Therapy - NYC Dentistry
Endodontic, or root canal, therapy has evolved over the years. The goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted because bacteria has found its way into the root structure, causing pain and inflammation. Once a tooth has bacteria and decay in the roots, the only way to preserve the natural tooth is to remove the affected tissue, treat the canal with medicated material, and seal it to prevent any other bacteria from becoming trapped inside.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Symptoms can vary from person to person; sometimes the bacterial progression is so slow that no symptoms are noticed until the infection abscesses and becomes unbearable very quickly. However, most people are likely to experience some combination of the following symptoms in the earlier stages of endodontic distress:
- Lingering tooth pain/tooth ache
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- A small pimple-like bump on the gums, or swelling or tenderness in the gums
- A recent tooth injury or trauma
Reasons a Root Canal May Not be an Option
While most teeth can be treated endodontically, occasionally we come across a tooth with inaccessible root canals, or with a fractured root. By examining your x-rays, we will be able to determine whether a root canal is the best treatment for your situation.
Consequences to Not Acting Quickly
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call the office to schedule an appointment. We want to make every effort to save your natural teeth, and early detection of a need for a root canal can help us achieve this goal. Otherwise, we will need to extract the tooth. In very severe cases, dental abscesses can lead to life-threatening sepsis, heart problems and strokes. Early detection means an easier road to recovery.