When you have an advanced cavity, or a tooth that has become infected, the result could be painful symptoms and eventually, the loss of your teeth. To protect your smile’s health and stability, your Astoria, NY, dentist could provide a root canal procedure, one that keeps your smile bright and strong, and prevents missing teeth.
The Dangers of Tooth Decay and Infected Teeth
Cavities form when poor oral hygiene habits, diets high in sugar, and lack of six-month exam and cleaning visits all combine to lead to weakened outer enamel. As this protective layer of tooth structure weakens, the sensitive inner portions become exposed to bacteria. First, a cavity forms and grows with time. Eventually, this means the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center, is reached by bacteria, causing a painful infected tooth. Warning signs include tooth sensitivity and toothaches, as well as pain eating or biting down. As the issue grows more severe, swelling near the tooth or a discharge from it is possible too.
Safe and Comfortable Treatment
If you encounter one or more of these possible warning signs, we suggest seeing us right away for care. We will carefully examine the teeth with advanced digital technology, so we can make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision. If we find the presence of an infection, we could offer an endodontic treatment known as a root canal. Remember, this procedure is essential to prevent the loss of your tooth and keep your smile whole! We also take steps to ensure the process is as comfortable as possible.
The Root Canal Procedure
After we numb the area we will open the tooth to allow the dentist to access and then remove the infected tissues from within. Once we remove the inner tissues, we clean the interior of the tooth before adding a special restorative material. Finally, we cap the tooth with a crown. The restoration protects the remaining structure, keeps your smile complete and balanced, and also offers a lifelike appearance too. In as little as one to two visits, we can keep your smile strong and free of discomfort. If you have any questions about how we approach this endodontic procedure, or if you have an aching tooth that needs attention, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Restoring Smiles?
We want to help you enjoy strong and beautiful smiles with restorative dentistry. To learn more about how we help transform smiles and improve oral health, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.