How Does A Root Canal Save A Tooth?

Despite an unwarranted reputation that says otherwise, root canals are a safe, comfortable, and very important procedure. We use them to actually save teeth, protecting them becoming lost or requiring extraction. How does a root canal actually save our teeth?

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Procedures

Question: When do we need one?

Answer: You need one when an infection develops. This occurs when the bacteria that causes a cavity reaches the inner pulp, the nerve center of your tooth that oversees the flow of blood and nutrients to and from the tooth. Warning signs may include toothaches, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, fever, swelling near the tooth, and a foul-tasting discharge. If one or more of these warning signs sound familiar, then please contact our office today.

Question: How do you treat the tooth?

Answer: We will need to open the tooth and remove the infected tissue. Afterward, we clean the inside of the tooth and apply a filling material known as gutta percha. After the material cures, we cap the tooth with a dental crown to prevent reinfection.

Question: Will anyone be able to tell my tooth has been repaired?

Answer: No, the crown will be custom-made using lifelike materials, ensuring the repaired tooth blends with the rest of your smile.

Question: What if I don’t seek treatment for an infection?

Answer: Without treatment, the infection can eventually cause the pulp to die and effectively kill the tooth. The infection can then reach surrounding teeth or move into the jawbone. However, a root canal prevents this from happening, preserving the health of your smile and protecting you from tooth loss. If you have any questions or concerns about our endodontic treatment, then please contact our office today.

Does Your Tooth Hurt?

At Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, we can stop dental discomfort and repair the tooth with a safe and comfortable endodontic procedure. We’ve proudly served our patients in Astoria, NY (including Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and all surrounding communities) since 1991. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Leibowitz, call our office in Astoria today at 718-728-8320.