When a tooth becomes badly damaged or decayed, it can lead to serious infection or even tooth loss if the issue goes untreated. Root canal treatment involves cleaning the inner channels of a tooth and removing affected tissue to halt infection and eliminate pain. Today’s root canal treatments can be performed with little to no discomfort. Drs. Steven M. Katz, Sultan S. Salem, and Dilmarys Peña use root canal treatment at their Long Island, NY-area practice to help restore the your oral health and prevent the need for extraction. To learn more about root canal treatment, contact our office today.
Understanding the Effects of Infection
A tooth can become infected due to a variety of causes, including a loose filling, trauma to the tooth, or untreated decay. The resulting pain and sensitivity can greatly impact your dental function and quality of life. As the infection spreads, it can compromise the internal tooth structures and tissues over time. Additionally, significant decay to the inside of a tooth can lead to abscesses and even bone loss. When these long-term issues are taken into consideration, the cost of avoiding treatment becomes increasingly significant.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
With root canal treatment, your doctor can eliminate pain by addressing the source of the problem. Drs. Katz and Schwartz can use root canal therapy to preserve your infected tooth and prevent the need for extraction and resulting treatments, which can be both expensive and time-consuming.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal procedures at Smiles on Broadway Dental Care are performed in-office and typically completed in one or two visits. We will begin by taking x-rays to evaluate current damage and help determine if decay has reached the inner chamber of the tooth. Next, we will apply a local anesthetic and create an opening near the top of the tooth to access the root canals. The doctor will use small, specialized tools to remove infected tissues within the chambers and clean the area before creating any necessary room for a special filling material.
Once the disinfected canals have been thoroughly cleaned, the dentist will fill the remaining space with a rubber-like paste and place a temporary dental filling to ensure the area is sealed and protected. The dentist can then place a restoration — typically a dental crown — to restore the look and function of the newly preserved tooth. This will typically require a second visit to our office. The treated tooth may be sensitive during the first few days following surgery. Over-the-counter pain medications are usually sufficient to help provide relief.
Contact Our Office
At Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, our experienced doctors and compassionate staff can evaluate your unique case and develop a custom treatment plan to meet your needs. If you are experiencing significant pain from an infected tooth or have received a diagnosis, we can use root canal therapy to repair the damage and improve your oral health. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about the benefits of root canal treatment.