We know that root canals are at the bottom of the list of things people would choose to do with their time. They get a bad rap for being painful and are regarded as something to be avoided at all costs. On the other hand, they perform a very important duty in that they can save your teeth.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment that eliminates bacteria from an infected tooth. If not treated, the infection can lead to the loss of the tooth, which will lead to having a replacement tooth made using a bridge or dental implant.
Infections are often caused by an injury to the tooth, a chipped or cracked tooth, or an untreated cavity.
During the root canal procedure, we remove the infected pulp from the root and carefully clean the inside of the tooth, which is then filled and sealed. The procedure is painless, effective and gives you the best chance at saving your natural tooth.
When a Root Canal Is Recommended
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, your dentist might recommend a root canal:
- Intense pain while chewing or biting
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks that lingers
- Red, swollen or tender gums
If left untreated, the infection can spread to your jaw or worse, to your blood and body. It will not heal on its own. Patients might think that it has healed because they stop feeling pain. What has really happened is that the nerves inside the tooth have died.
Thanks to advances in dental technology, we can have your tooth infection resolved in a single visit and without pain. There’s no need to be scared of root canals anymore. We happily treat patients in the Syracuse area who are in need of a root canal. Please call our office to schedule a consultation. You’ll be glad you did.