Endodontics / Root Canal Treatment in Mount Kisco
When Is Endodontics Required?
Root canal therapy may be needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection, has been fractured, or has sustained trauma. In order to save the tooth, the nerve along with any bacteria and decay are removed, and filled with special, medicated, dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function.
Signs That You May Need Root Canal Treatment
Warning signs that indicate you may need a root canal include a severe toothache, swelling or tenderness, increased sensitivity to hot and cold, or an abscess/pimple/bubble on the gums. Sometimes, there may be no symptoms at all. As the problem progresses, the core of your tooth, including the nerve, starts to die.You’ll be under the false impression that this was a minor issue that has been resolved on its own simply because you’re no longer in pain or discomfort.
Letting the issue grow without seeking help will eventually lead to swelling of the gum, a greater infection with pus, and potentially a change in the color of your tooth.
If you notice any of the warning signs, get in touch with us at Schwartz Dental Care in Mount Kisco as soon as possible so we can take care of it for you. Don’t wait until it’s too late or shrug it off as simple discomfort.
We will often need an x-ray of your teeth to verify that there’s an infection associated with the tooth. Once the x-ray confirms the diagnosis, treatment can start.
Local anesthesia is administered first, so you don’t experience any pain or discomfort . When the tooth is numb, we clean out the bacteria and infected tissue in the root. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned the roots, and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials and sealed with a temporary filling. The entire procedure may take 1-3 visits depending on the tooth in question.
After the root canal, teeth will often need additional treatment such as a post and crown. A post is a support rod that stabilizes the restoration on top of the tooth. When a significant amount of tooth structure is missing, a post is required to be able to restore the tooth to its proper form and function. Almost all back teeth that have root canal treatment will also require a crown (cap) to protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking under forces of daily function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Still, in extensive cases, the entire tooth may need to be extracted as it’s no longer viable for repair.
Root canals have may have a bad reputation, but what we do is really simple and painless. Please get in touch with us at Schwartz Dental Care so we can take care of any dental problems you’re facing and restore your teeth to their best state.