Root Canal Therapy
If you have an infected tooth, the discomfort can be unbearable. Root canal therapy (RCT) is designed to relieve the pain of an infected tooth as well as save the tooth from needing an extraction. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. In fact, with today’s modern anesthetics and sedation dentistry, it is no more uncomfortable than getting a cavity filled. For patients suffering from an infected tooth, root canal therapy is an excellent and even a cost-effective dental treatment. If the infection is allowed to progress, the tooth would likely need to be extracted and then replaced with a dental implant.
Root Canals Offer Pain Relief for Infected Teeth!
Why is an infected tooth so painful? When decay destroys the outer enamel layer of the tooth, it can extend into the softer dentin layer. This layer contains tiny pathways that lead to your tooth pulp, where the nerves reside. If the nerves or tooth center become irritated or infected, the body responds by sending pain signals that the tooth is in danger.
During root canal therapy, we will carefully remove the infected tooth pulp and sanitize the inner portion of the tooth. To ensure no further bacteria is allowed to compromise the inside of the tooth, we will use a special filling material to seal it off. Many patients will require a dental crown after their root canal therapy to restore the strength and integrity of the affected tooth.
Rest assured that we perform root canal therapy with the highest attention to patient comfort. At Gramercy Dental Center, we offer relaxing amenities, sedation dentistry and other tactics to help you feel at ease. Our goal is to quickly get you out of pain and restore the health of your natural tooth going forward.
Do you have more questions about how root canal therapy can save your tooth? Contact us and we will get your questions answered. We may even be able to schedule your root canal therapy today. Our Gramercy Park office offers same day dentistry and emergency dental care for patients in need.