The root canal is the natural cavity inside of each of your teeth containing tooth pulp and the tooth’s nerve. A root canal procedure is one in which a damaged nerve and infected pulp are removed from this cavity to preserve the tooth and prevent extraction.
A root canal may become necessary when nerve and pulp become irritated or infected due to untreated tooth decay, but infection may also be caused by things such as large dental fillings, or untreated chips and cracks.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
The state-of-the-art technology used by Dr. Mejia at Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown can often spot infection during your regularly scheduled dental hygiene visits. However, symptoms of infection include:
- Increased sensitivity
- Tooth discoloration
- Swelling of the gums
- Formation of an abscess (like a pimple on your gums)
If you are experiencing any of the signs of tooth infection, please call us at 914-332-4402 to schedule an examination today.
Protecting and Preserving Your Natural Tooth
Bacteria can quickly multiply in an infected tooth. When this happens, you might exerperience serious issues including:
- Chronic pain and discomfort
- Swelling throughout the face, neck, and head
- Bone loss around the tooth
- Tooth loss
- Drainage of the infection into the rest of the body
An infected tooth can allow infection to spread to other teeth. Infection can even spread to the sinuses, the lungs, the blood, and the brain, creating a life-threatening situation.
Don’t Fear the Root Canal
Root canals have a special place in our culture, a common shorthand for anything very painful. This reputation comes from the days when root canals were practiced without any anesthesia (other than a good belt of whiskey, sometimes laced with cocaine!) and were understandably very painful.
Modern root canals are performed with anesthesia, so you will feel little discomfort during the procedure, and when the anesthesia wears off, most people find they are experiencing less discomfort than they felt before the root canal. Within a week, many people find their discomfort is completely gone.
At our comfortable Tarrytown office we perform root canals on all teeth, including molars. However, if your root canal is a repeat procedure or if significant infection has spread to the bone, we may refer you to a local endodontic specialist to help guard against tooth loss and other serious issues.
If you live in or around Tarrytown, New York and are experiencing any of the symptoms of an infected tooth, please call (914) 332-4402 or contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today to schedule a thorough examination.