One Visit Root Canal Treatment
Syracuse, Dewitt & Fayetteville, NY
Years ago, teeth with diseased or damaged pulp, had to be removed, but with the gentle touch of Syracuse family dentist Dr. Bernadine Martin, and today’s new root canal treatments, your damaged teeth can be safely repaired with minimal discomfort.
What is a Root Canal?
Inside every tooth is a section called the “pulp”, which carries the tooth’s blood supply and nerves. When you develop an infection, your body will fight it by sending white blood cells and antibodies. You may feel tooth sensitivity or even pain at this point. During this battle between the bacteria and antibodies, the tissue begins to swell. Due to the limited space, the tissue does not have sufficient space for the swelling and ends up “strangling itself.” The infected tissue dies. Usually once this happens the pain will cease. This is not an indication that everything is better but just the opposite. The dead tissue begins to feed the infection and then spreads into the surrounding bone. In order to save the tooth, visiting a dentist for a root canal treatment is the only option.
Symptoms of a Root Canal
- Lingering pain to drinking hot or cold liquids.
- Tooth sensitivity to pressure or tapping to the tooth.
- Pain when biting
- A pimple on your gum near the root of your tooth.
Process of a Root Canal Treatment
Some patients are nervous about a root canal procedure and may elect to have the tooth extracted rather than go through with the procedure. However, the procedure isn’t nearly as bad as some patients believe. Root canals have an extremely high success rate in saving teeth that would otherwise be lost to infection. The procedure is quite simple.
In a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp and replace it with a rubber sealant. The tooth is then covered with a protective cap, which reinforces the tooth against future fractures and enhances the tooth’s appearance. In some cases, the tooth will need a dental crown as a final restoration for the tooth. The only other alternative to a root canal therapy is to extract the tooth.
If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms above, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. Our family dentist Dr. Bernadine Martin will answer any questions or concerns you have. If you need an emergency visit, we’ll work hard to see you today.