How a Root Canal Can Actually Save Your Tooth

No one ever wants to learn that they need a root canal, but this common dental procedure can save your natural teeth and prevent many dental health complications. According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 25 million root canals are performed every year. 

At Dental Spa of Broad Street, here in Clifton, New Jersey, Moise Nawlo, DDS, and Loay Shadid, DDS, and their team provide state-of-the-art root canal treatments to repair and restore severely decayed or broken teeth. T

Root canal therapy

A root canal is a dental procedure similar to a conventional cavity treatment. Instead of removing decay from the surface of your tooth, your dentist removes decay from the pulpy interior during a root canal. 

The inside of your tooth includes pulpy canals that house the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive. Without a root canal, the tooth continues to decay, causing pain, discomfort, and eventual tooth loss.

An inflamed root can also cause infection, which can spread to your gums and jaw, complicating your situation. Root canals save your teeth by getting rid of the infection and fortifying what’s left of your natural tooth. 

During a root canal, your dentist carefully cleans and disinfects the inside of your tooth, removing the inflamed interior to relieve your symptoms and preserve it. After extracting the decayed tissue, your dentist fills and seals your tooth to prevent future infection. 

The only dental alternative to a root canal procedure is having your tooth removed. However, if your dentist extracts a tooth, you will need a tooth replacement like a dental implant to prevent bone loss in the jaw. Implants and other replacement options are often time-consuming and expensive, while root canals are simple, effective, and successful.

Signs I need a root canal

In some cases, you might not have any pain or other symptoms that indicate internal tooth decay. There are a few symptoms to look out for, and they’re noticeable, including: 

Many people put off treatment because they think the problem works out naturally, or they have dental phobia. You can’t “wait out” a tooth infection — you’re just setting yourself up for more pain and potential tooth loss. 

The longer you avoid a root canal, the more likely it is for your infection to worsen and spread. It’s better to visit the dentist as soon as possible and treat the problem before it becomes severe. 

Root canal pain is a myth

You don’t need to worry about pain during your root canal. We provide thorough local anesthetic as well as sedation to minimize discomfort during your root canal. You might feel some pressure during the treatment, but no pain. We take special care to reduce your discomfort and make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed during your root canal. 

As with all dental surgeries, you might experience tenderness after your root canal. You can manage any soreness with ice packs and over-the-counter painkillers. Remember, this mild discomfort is nothing compared with the pain you would experience if you left the infection untreated. 

Don’t avoid dental treatments like root canals — they can save your teeth and dental health. If you’re suffering from tooth pain or other signs of an infection, call our office or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis and treatment.

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