Updated: Dec 30, 2020
Root canal treatment is an often straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth.
At Star Dental Smiles in New York City, we do this procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth.
A root canal treatment saves many teeth that would otherwise be lost, the most common causes of pulp damage or death are: a cracked tooth, a deep cavity and an injury to a tooth, such as a severe knock to the tooth, either recent or in the past.
Root canal treatment consists of several steps that take place over several office visits, depending on the situation. At Star Dental Smiles, we do our best to do this process short and with no pain for the patient.
How you can prevent the need for a root canal?
The best way to prevent a root canal is to prevent decay or stress on the tooth. Twice daily brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing daily are your best preventive strategies. Also, tooth grinding and clenching can cause nerve damage and the eventual need for root canal therapy.
What are the risks of not getting a root canal?
There are several risks of not getting a root canal in a tooth in which it is needed. First, is the loss of that tooth. Second, is the spread of the infection and abscess to another tooth. Third, is a possible infection in the face and neck. Left untreated the infection could spread to the brain resulting in death.
What happens after a root canal?
A root canal is considered a restorative procedure. Most people who undergo the procedure are able to enjoy the positive results for the rest of their lives. Still, how long results last depends on the way you take care of your teeth.
Just as the rest of your teeth depend on good oral hygiene habits, your restored tooth requires regular brushing and flossing as well.