Root Canal Therapy at Smiles on Bridgetown
About Root Canals
The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) estimates that American dentists perform approximately 15 million root canals every year. They produce positive results for patients—in fact, 89 percent of patients say they are satisfied with their treatment according to a survey posted by the AAE. Root canals help patients avoid the embarrassment and potential dental issues associated with missing teeth.
When Is Root Canal Therapy Needed?
When a cavity is left untreated, it can completely eat the inside of the tooth, making it hard to do normal activities like biting and chewing your food. In cases like this, it’s important to restore your tooth with root canal therapy. Dentists at Smiles on Bridgetown can help you understand when root canal therapy is necessary to help restore your smile both aesthetically and functionally.
How Root Canal Therapy Can Help You
When a tooth is infected from an untreated cavity, it can lead to more serious issues that can affect both your smile and can even affect your body as a whole. Your dentist in Feasterville, PA, can examine your tooth and help you determine if a root canal is the right choice to help your smile and strengthen your tooth again.
A root canal is usually thought of as something that is painful and scary, but it’s actually the complete opposite. Root canal therapy helps relieve your pain and strengthen your smile when you’re dealing with infection and irritation.
Your dentist will first numb the affected area to help keep you feeling comfortable throughout the entire process. Your dentist will then create an opening in the top of your tooth to expose the damaged and irritated pulp inside of your tooth. They will then clean out the infected pulp, helping to relieve your tooth of pain. Your dentist will then fill your tooth with a rubber-like material, helping protect your tooth from any further infection or damage from happening inside the tooth. They will then seal the tooth, which will stop bacteria from getting inside your newly restored tooth.
Root Canal Benefits
A root canal is primarily beneficial because it eliminates the pain that you may be experiencing from a toothache. Other benefits include:
- The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and filled to protect the root from future damage.
- The crown covering is very attractive (white, smooth, and resilient) and will last for up to 20 years with good care.
- It helps stop an infection from spreading to other teeth or other parts of the body.
- You keep your original tooth and do not have to pay for an expensive replacement.
How the Procedure Is Completed
An average root canal procedure takes up to a couple of hours. In an advanced case, it may require more than one appointment, but that’s rare. The area is numbed for your comfort so that the dentist can access the diseased tissue with dental tools. After the bad tissue is removed and the inside of the tooth is disinfected, a filling material is added. In a follow-up appointment, a permanent crown will be placed to protect the tooth.
Don't wait until your dental pain becomes unbearable to see a dentist about a root canal. Call Smiles on Bridgetown staff in Feasterville, PA at (215) 364-7888 today to schedule an appointment!