Saving natural teeth with Root Canals in Middletown
Modern dentistry offers good options for replacement of missing teeth, but keeping your own is preferable. Gentle root canals performed at University Dental in Middletown are sometimes the only alternative to extraction.
Why save an infected tooth?
Teeth rely on one another. When a tooth is extracted and not replaced with a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture, adjacent teeth move. The gap can contribute to deterioration of jawbone, cause a lisp, and affect appearance. Root canal therapy may avoid these problems.
Understanding root canal therapy
At the center of each tooth is pulp which provides nutrients and blood supply. Deep decay or a crack allows oral bacteria to work their way into pulp. The resulting infection and pressure inflame the nerve.
Symptoms that indicate infection include:
- Recurring or persistent toothache.
- Pain when pressure is applied near the root.
- Pain when chewing on the tooth.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers more than a few seconds.
- Tenderness or a lump on the gums.
- In acute cases, severe pain or swelling in the mouth or face.
Root Canal Therapy in Middletown
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.
Root canal therapy involves removal of the nerve, eliminating pain. All traces of infection are also removed. The tooth is sterilized and sealed. Without pulp, the tooth may become brittle, so the final step in the procedure is placement of a crown for protection and strength.
Many people believe that root canal therapy is painful. In truth, the procedure gets rid of the source of discomfort, bringing immediate relief. From the patient’s perspective, it feels about like getting a filling, but the appointment takes approximately an hour.
With good home hygiene and professional dental care, you may never need root canals. But by becoming a patient of University Dental in Middletown now, you will be in good hands should that situation occur. Call (855) 908 3676.