When most patients hear that they’re in need of a root canal, they immediately assume that they will have to endure a brutal dental treatment.
In reality, discomfort with root canal treatment is minimal and will actually spare patients from continued dental pain in the future.
Although the bad reputation of root canals is somewhat accurate when pertaining to root canal therapy in the past, technology and techniques nowadays allow for patients to receive pain-free treatment. Dr. James A. Vito and his entire staff encourage you to find out the truth about root canal therapy.
A root canal is a common endodontic treatment that is performed more than 41,000 times per day, according to the American Association of Endodontists. The word endodontic comes from the greek word “endo” meaning inside and “odont” meaning tooth. Essentially, a root canal is used to treat the inside of an infected tooth.
But how does the inside of the tooth become infected? To answer this, it’s important to understand the anatomy of a tooth:
When the enamel is stripped away, bacteria makes its way to the dentin and then to the tooth pulp. Since that is where the nerves are located, patients will often experience tooth sensitivity or extreme pain, particularly while consuming hot, cold or sugary foods.
The three main causes of an infected tooth pulp include:
If you believe that you may need a root canal, it’s important to treat the issue as soon as possible. A root canal can save your tooth and spare you the need for a tooth extraction. Some of the warning signs that you may need a root canal include:
After Dr. James A. Vito decides a root canal is the best option for you, the process is fairly simple. A typical root canal treatment will go as follows:
It’s important to properly care for your teeth following the root canal procedure. For most patients, you may feel some tenderness around the area for the first few days. However, these symptoms are usually pretty minor and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Other important guidelines to remember post-procedure include:
While root canal therapy is an excellent option for patients that want to save their natural teeth, it isn’t always the best option for some cases. If a root canal is not the best option for you, there are still other options on the table that will allow you to enjoy a healthy smile.
For many of our patients here in Wayne, dental implants are the preferred treatment for dealing with severely damaged teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is integrated into the patient’s jawbone to provide results that look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
In a process known as osseointegration, the artificial tooth root fuses with the underlying bone and surrounding tissue. This not only provides natural-looking teeth, but it also provides patients with the peace of mind that their restoration isn’t going anywhere. Instead of fussing with denture adhesives, patients enjoy restored teeth that are as stable as their natural ones.
Do you have pressing concerns regarding your oral health? Don’t wait to treat these problems! To start your journey to a healthy smile, contact our office today to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. James A. Vito.
Dr. James Vito
523 East Lancaster Ave
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