Relieve Pain and Save Your Tooth
When an infection jeopardizes the integrity and well-being of a tooth, you need an experienced, skilled dentist to stop the pain and restore your mouth to optimal health. Without treatment intervention, the infection can worsen, tissue can die and the tooth may be at risk of extraction. But with modern techniques and a gentle touch, Dr. Robert Steinberger can perform root canal therapy to relieve your pain and rehabilitate your tooth to its full functionality.
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
To understand why a root canal may be needed, it is helpful to have basic knowledge of a tooth’s anatomy.
Beneath the tooth enamel and harder dentin layer is soft tissue called dental pulp. Pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tips of the tooth roots, and contains blood vessels and nerves. Sometimes the pulp becomes inflamed, infected or otherwise damaged, perhaps due to an untreated cavity, an injury, a deep crack or repeated dental work. If left untreated, the inflamed or infected dental pulp can cause significant pain and lead to an abscess and other complications. In the worst cases, the tooth must be extracted.
Root canal therapy is the process of removing infected, inflamed or damaged dental pulp and cleaning the tooth to prolong its lifespan. Although dental pulp is important during the tooth’s development, a mature tooth can survive without the pulp.
How Do You Know If You Need a Root Canal?
Sometimes it is very apparent that there is a problem with the dental pulp; the affected tooth may look discolored and swollen, and be painful or tender to the touch. The tooth may also be very sensitive to heat and cold. In other cases, there are no symptoms. Only a professional dental exam with X-rays can reveal signs of a problem.
Root Canal Treatment, Step by Step
During root canal therapy, East Tremont Dental specialist, Dr. Steinberger will create a small opening in the crown of your tooth to access and remove the inflamed or infected dental pulp. After clearing away the damaged and diseased pulp, he will disinfect and reshape the insides of the tooth’s root canals. Then, he will fill the empty canals with a special material. Finally, he will seal the space with a special material called gutta percha, and close the opening with a filling.
At a subsequent appointment, Dr. Steinberger will cover your affected tooth with a customized crown or similar restoration to protect it from further damage.
Root canal therapy is not painful. Your tooth will be numbed with local anesthesia so that you will not feel discomfort during treatment. Sedation techniques are also available to help alleviate any dental fear or anxiety and help you feel as relaxed and calm as possible.
Schedule an Appointment at East Tremont Dental
If you are experiencing any uncomfortable symptoms that could indicate a dental infection, or if you have been told by another dentist that you need a root canal, Dr. Steinberger is here to help. Please contact East Tremont Dental to schedule an appointment with the doctor to discuss more details.