Years ago, a diseased or damaged tooth meant a painful tooth extraction, but today, a tooth can be saved through root canal therapy. Many people think of root canals as an agonizing experience with a miserable recovery process. This isn’t the case at Nostrand Dental Care PC, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Alexander Solovey, DDS, takes great pride in using the latest in dental technology and anesthetics, making root canals a relatively painless experience. To schedule an appointment, call the New York City office or go online to book your appointment today.
Teeth are made up of a number of layers, one of which is called pulp. Pulp is a layer of soft tissue found under the enamel and dentin. It contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that help your tooth to grow.
When this pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it needs to be treated, and often the best option is a root canal.
While many people think that removing an infected tooth is the best solution, they don’t realize that extractions can cause significant problems for neighboring teeth.
In fact, in the long run, an extraction can even be the more expensive option. Root canal procedures on the other hand, have a 95% success rate and the results can last a lifetime.
A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process by which the pulp, nerves, and bacteria are removed from the tooth. The space left after the removal is then medicated to repair the tooth.
The pulp of your tooth can become inflamed if you:
Each of these scenarios allows for bacteria to enter the pulp area, causing an infection that leads to pain and inflammation.
An infection of the pulp can spread from one tooth to the tissues surrounding. In addition to discomfort, the bacteria continue to damage the pulp of your tooth, and if left untreated, will eventually cause damage to your jawbone.
If you don’t get a root canal in time, it might result in you having to get your tooth permanently removed.
Root canals, when performed correctly, last many years. However, like all your other teeth, it can become infected again if you don’t take proper care of it.
Regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups are all important to keeping your teeth healthy, whether you have had a root canal treatment or not.
If you are suffering from major tooth pain, you might need a root canal. Call the office or go online to schedule a consultation at Nostrand Dental Care today.