Saving natural teeth with Root Canals in MiddletownModern 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 therapyAt 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.
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.