Root Canal Therapy Performed by Your Dentist in Valley Stream to Save Your Smile
Root canal treatment is used to save a tooth that may have developed an infection due to a crack in the tooth or a deep cavity. The process is relatively simple and can be completed in just one visit. Your dentist in Valley Stream, Dr. Eric Grossmann, will remove the pulp and nerves of the affected tooth and then thoroughly clean the area. The pulp is not necessary for a tooth once it has completely emerged from the gums. Bacteria build-up at the tip of the root can lead to a tooth abscess if left untreated. It can also be incredibly painful and cause damage to the surrounding area. If a root canal is not performed, it is possible that a patient may require a tooth extraction.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
● Extreme, persistent pain while chewing or sleeping
● Teeth are highly sensitive
● Darkening of the tooth or a grey/purple color
● Swollen gums
What does the treatment involve?
First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If Dr. Grossmann decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, we'll remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and/or crown over the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.
Care for Your Smile to Avoid a Root Canal
Root canals are common and may even be necessary for someone who has a healthy smile. Preventative dental care is especially important to help fight against serious dental issues that could arise in the future. Seeing your dentist in Valley Stream on a regular basis for regular cleanings and an annual check-up can help you prevent a root canal. Good oral hygiene and consistent dental care can really go a long way. The best way to treat a dental emergency is to prevent one, so call Dr. Grossmann today to schedule your annual check-up.
If you would like to learn more information about root canal treatment by your Valley Stream dentist, call our office today at (516) 825-8054 to pick the best date and time for your consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve a happy and healthy smile.