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How Root Canals Save Teeth

A root canal is not as bad as you think. If you’re like most people, the name of the procedure itself is enough to make you nervous, but modern technology has made this routine treatment so quick and painless it’ll have you wondering what you were so worried about. 

Our team at Brite Dental Spa helps folks throughout the Midtown West, New York, communities overcome their fears about root canals. We believe the more you know about the procedure, the less anxiety you’ll have. Knowing what to expect and the purpose of the root canal goes a long way in calming your fears.

And when you realize a root canal can save your tooth from more serious complications and more pain, you may even find yourself grateful for your root canal.

What makes a root canal necessary?

In most cases, a cavity is pretty small, and we can take care of it by removing the bacteria and sealing it with a filling. But sometimes the tooth becomes more seriously infected and has reached deeper and wider than a regular cavity. The cause might be a crack or chip, a facial injury, extensive dental work, or a particularly large filling, but whatever the reason, if the decay has affected a large part of your inner tooth, you may risk losing it altogether.

If you’re in a lot of pain, losing that tooth (or having it extracted) might sound like it would offer you much-needed relief. But when you’re missing a tooth, you run into another set of problems. For example, gum disease, shifting teeth, a misaligned bite, and bone loss in your jaw. 

A root canal gets rid of the decay, and pain, while also stopping the progression. It's the perfect solution to your current decay and infection issues as well as potential complications in the future.

How can my tooth live if it’s empty?

A root canal can help save your tooth. Technically, your tooth doesn’t need the nerve or the inner pulp of your tooth to retain its structure and function. 

Once we clean out all the harmful bacteria, decay, and infection, we pack the inside of your tooth with another material that strengthens it and keeps it from collapsing. In this way, a root canal preserves the integrity of your bite, the health of your gums and soft tissues, and the density of your bones.

Spotting the signs you might need a root canal

Without an X-ray and the experience of a professional dental care specialist, it’s hard to self-diagnose and determine whether you need a root canal, but here are some classic signs that let you know you might be a candidate:

Regular check-ups and cleanings can help prevent the need for a root canal because they help you and us monitor the health of your teeth and treat problems early before they get to the point where a root canal becomes necessary. 

What happens if you ignore a decaying tooth?

Infected dental pulp progresses over time and could spread to the rest of your body through your bloodstream. It could also overtake your tooth and the surrounding gums, causing it to become loose and fall out on its own or require extraction. 

Once your tooth is gone, you need to replace it to avoid complications, such as chewing and speech problems, shifting teeth, sagging cheeks, and self-consciousness. Of course, if you do lose a tooth naturally, by accident, or extraction, we can replace it with bridges, dentures, or implants. But keep in mind, these procedures are more costly and invasive than a root canal. 

If you think you might need a root canal, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We may even be able to help you with a teledental appointment so you can consult with us from the comfort of your own home. Either way, don’t delay!

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