When you have more than a cavity, such as deep decay or even a full-on dental infection, you need more than just a simple filling. At this stage you may need a safe and gentle endodontic treatment known as root canal therapy. In today’s blog, your Syosset, NY, dentist talks about the benefits of root canal treatment.
The Dangers of Deep Decay and Infection
When a cavity reaches a more advanced state, this could cause serious discomfort, such as tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and lead to an infection or abscess unless treated. Once the infection develops, this means the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center, has been compromised. Treatment now saves your tooth from falling out or requiring extraction, and brings relief for uncomfortable symptoms, such as pain when you eat, toothaches, swelling, a discharge from the tooth, or headaches and jaw pain. When you experience chronic pain in a tooth, please let us know right away!
A root canal is often prescribed to treat an infection and save a tooth. The procedure is a safe and comfortable one, and to ensure this we start by administering a local anesthetic to keep you feeling comfortable. If you have anxiety, we could also discuss dental sedation to help you enter a calmer and more relaxed state.
Once you’re comfortable, we will open the tooth to access and remove the infected tissues from within. Our team will then clean the interior of the tooth and root canals, before adding a special restorative material known as gutta percha. The last step is to cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown, which protects the remaining structure and also offers a lifelike appearance, blending with the rest of your smile.
Avoiding the Need for a Root Canal
People can also take charge of their oral health and limit the risk of infections or deep decay. For example, start each day by brushing for two minutes when you wake up, and using a fluoride toothpaste when you do, as this helps strengthen the outer enamel. You should also brush before bed, and floss as well. These actions remove the food particles that feed harmful bacteria, limiting plaque buildup as a result and keeping the outer enamel strong. You also help prevent plaque by cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, and seeing our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months as well. If you have any questions, then give us a call today!
Syosset Dental Helps Ease Dental Pain
We would like to restore the health, function, and comfort of your smile with restorative dentistry. If you have questions about stopping infection or an abscess, then contact our Syosset, NY dental office today at 516-433-2211.