Alternatives to Root Canal
Root canal therapy is used in modern dentistry for teeth with badly infected roots to prevent tooth loss. The pulp of the tooth extends into the root and contains nerve endings that sell and cause pain, if it becomes infected. In the absence of treatment, the tooth will be lost. During the treatment the infected and damaged part of the tooth is removed and the tooth may require a restoration, such as a crown or cap to maintain the function and appearance. We provide root canals in Commack, NY, Smithtown, NY, and throughout Suffolk County.
|While many people expect pain with this procedure, modern dentistry has resulted in a procedure that is no more intolerable than a filling. Once the root canal is finished, the tooth will be undetectable. Our dentist has a success rate of more than 9 out of 10 procedures and most patients enjoy lasting results for years.|
Common Questions about Root Canals
Is a root canal the best option for me?
If decay or damage has resulted in infection of the pulp, root canal may be the best option for preserving the tooth. The best way to determine if this procedure is right in your situation is to have an exam and consultation with our dentist.
How is the procedure done?
Prior to beginning, the doctor will give you a local anesthetic to numb the tooth root. After the tooth has been numbed, the diseased pulp will be removed and the area may be treated for bacterial infection. The last step is to seal and fill the tooth and then fit the patient for a crown.
How should I care for my tooth after the procedure?
After the procedure, it is common for the tooth to be inflamed and sensitive for several days. You can resume normal tooth brushing and flossing right after the treatment has completed.