Did you know that the “Endo” is the Greek word for inside? Endodontics, commonly known as root canal therapy, refers to dental treatments associated with the roots and pulp (interior) of teeth. Root canal therapy is needed when the pulp of the tooth becomes damaged. The pulp of the tooth holds the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan provides fast and effective endodontic treatments.
The most common symptom of a need for root canal therapy is pain and acute sensitivity in the affected tooth. Another common symptom for a person with root canal issues is a new sensitivity to heat from warm foods and drinks. You may also experience headaches, discomfort while chewing, or issues with your jaw. If you feel that you have any of these symptoms, please contact us immediately so we can properly assess the situation and act before the condition worsens.
Root canal therapy is vital when the decay affects a tooth’s nerve. We take a digital x-ray to identify infected canals, showing you immediately on the screen where treatment is needed. It is normal for a person to have 1-4 canals in their tooth. It is imperative to receive a root canal before the infection starts to spread and harm surrounding bone and tissue. Our endodontists will remove the infected pulp of your teeth and seal it to ensure no further bacteria can get inside the tooth.
Other endodontic treatments that may be needed before or after root canal therapy include:
- Endodontic Re-Treatment: Rarely, a treated tooth may present with recurring issues. Re-treating a tooth will help recover the tooth.
- Endodontic or Apical Surgery: Fixing any infected surrounding tissue or roots is important to prevent any further damage or complications.
- Cracked Tooth: When a cracked tooth is not treated, it can start to affect the tooth pulp and cause infections. Cracked teeth should be repaired immediately to prevent complications.
Once your endodontic treatment has been performed, you may feel a little discomfort for up to 4 days. Over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and Advil may be taken, following the instructions on the medication. It is important to not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after the treatment to allow the filling to set.
Regular checkups at Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan will help restore your smile to health and prevent future endodontic issues. If you would like to learn more about our services and the treatments that we offer, please visit our website and use our chat feature or call us at 212-587-0202.