Root canal therapy in Cobble Hill
Root canal infections can cause you a great deal of pain, but at Central Park Dentists, we can remedy the situation for you with minimal or even no discomfort. When you do have a root canal infection, it is vital to receive treatment promptly as it usually the only way left to save the tooth. Our dentist in Cobble Hill is committed to helping you maintain your natural teeth whenever possible.
What causes a root canal infection? Most of the time, advanced tooth decay, a deep filling, or a chipped or cracked tooth allows bacteria to get into the pulp area of your tooth. And this is what leads to the infection. It’s possible to feel no pain, but generally you will experience pain, often severe, when you attempt to chew or if you put pressure on the tooth. Sensitivity to things that are very hot or very cold is also likely. You might also have tender gums or tooth discoloration. When you notice one or more of the listed symptoms, you should call us and schedule an examination with our dentist in Cobble Hill. Any of those signs could mean a root canal infection and if so, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible so that the risk of losing the tooth is minimized.
Root canal therapy will be used to treat you and more than one visit will probably be needed to complete the procedure. First you will be numbed using a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. The top of the tooth will be drilled to reach the pulp area. Our dentist in Cobble Hill will removed the nerve and injured pulp and clean out any debris. Between sessions, a temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth. When the procedure is completed, the area will be sealed. Impressions and measurements will then be taken for your permanent crown. Root canal therapy has about a 90% success rate, so you can feel confident in having an excellent chance to keep your tooth. Root canal infections that are ignored are likely to lead to the tooth being extracted and the need for a restoration such as a dental implant or bridge.