General and Family Dentistry
Root Canal Treatment in Westchester NY
Root canal treatment is a term that no patient wants to hear when they’re sitting in a dentist’s chair. This is due, in large part, to outdated ideas about the duration and discomfort that this procedure can bring. Now, however, modern dentistry means that experienced professionals can perform root canals quickly and with minimal discomfort for patients. Not to mention that the immediate relief offered, and the opportunity to save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction, means that root canal treatment is more than worth considering.
In fact, this is now an incredibly common option, with around 15 million such treatments conducted annually in the United States alone, leaving many patients to enjoy the benefits provided for many years to come. Here at Advanced Dentistry Scarsdale, we have extensive experience in completing root canal treatments and promise to apply our ethos of exceptional care to put you at ease throughout the process.
To help you truly understand the value of root canal treatment over the many unpleasant alternatives, we’re going to look a little more closely at exactly what root canal treatment is, and what it has to offer.
What is root canal treatment?
Firstly, what exactly is root canal treatment? Too often, we hear this term without grasping what it entails and imagine that it’s a far more invasive procedure than it is.
In reality, root canal treatment is a form of restorative dentistry
, often used as a last plan of action before extraction
. This is a treatment that aims to remove infected pulp from inside an infected tooth to prevent escalating problems. In some instances, root canal treatment can be necessary in teeth that have already been filled, either because a filling has failed, or because the infection is simply too deep within the tooth for composite fillings
to be effective.
Do you need root canal treatment?
Often, a fear of facing root canal treatment can prevent us from addressing the signs that this treatment is necessary. This is a serious issue considering that infected pulp can lead to severe discomfort, as well as posing a risk to the surrounding gums and root tissue. Only by acting fast can you save a tooth with an infection of this nature, and some sure signs that you could benefit from scheduling an appointment with Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale include:
Severe or shooting pains
Sensitivity to hot and cold
Pain in the jaw
Do note, however, that these symptoms aren’t always present, and some patients only discover their need for a root canal during x-rays at a routine appointment.
Why is root canal treatment important?
Given that many patients would prefer to avoid root canals for the reasons already mentioned, it’s natural to wonder why root canals are needed in the first place. After all, no patient wants to undergo unnecessary work, especially to this extent.
In reality, however, root canal treatment is very much essential as the last resort for saving a tooth. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s fundamental that you contact us to avoid escalating problems that require even more extensive and unpleasant treatment options.
In effect, root canal treatment ‘kills’ a tooth, meaning that both discomfort and further issues are no longer a concern. Alternatives to this treatment, or inevitabilities if you don’t act fast, include tooth extraction, tooth loss, and dental implants
. Not to mention that infected pulp can escalate to often serious infections in the gumline, bloodstream, and beyond.
How is root canal treatment performed?
While it can seem like a relatively intensive dental treatment on the surface, root canal treatment is a common solution that our team
here at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale are well versed in. Once you contact an experienced member of our crew, you’ll see that root canal treatment is incredibly simple and efficient and should cause as little discomfort as possible.
In large part, your unique root canal journey will depend on everything from the intensity of the infection present to whether your surrounding teeth are also infected. In a general sense, however, root canal treatment includes a few key steps. To begin with, an initial consultation is necessary to discuss your symptoms and take x-rays. Antibiotics will also be prescribed here if severe infection is discovered. At a second appointment, root canal treatment will begin, and you can expect steps that include:
A local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area
The crown of the tooth will be chipped away to enable access
A dental file will be used to slowly remove the infected pulp
The cleared chamber will be cleaned and further x-rays taken to ensure all infection is gone
The tooth will be filled to ensure strength
Throughout, you will be asked how you’re feeling and what your discomfort levels are, ensuring that you’re kept comfortable and in control throughout.
The benefits of root canal treatment
In large part, the benefits of root canal treatment speak for themselves, but if you need a little more convincing, consider that this treatment, on the whole, can open you to a range of dental benefits that will be worth your while, such as:
Fast recovery times
An affordable option, typically covered by insurance
Protection of jaw bone structure
Contact Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale today
With our aim to provide lifetime dental care and a lasting smile, our team here at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale have been approved and recognized by the American Dental Association to meet all of your dental health needs. This means that we’re on hand to provide the best possible root canal experience, tailored to your needs to ensure ongoing dental health that you can trust.
If you think you need a root canal or simply want to understand more about the process, our expert team is just a phone call away. Don’t hesitate to contact us
to request an appointment today!