What is a Root Canal?
When you have tooth decay, it spreads. Once it spreads deeply enough, it will touch the nerve and the nerve will then become infected. A root canal is the procedure needed to remove the infection and save the tooth.
Once a root canal has been done on a tooth, it is left weakened and it’s possible for the tooth to break. If the tooth breaks at that point, it’s very difficult to save it. This is why, once you’ve had a root canal, it is always best to place a crown over the tooth to prevent breakage and to keep your smile beautiful.
Root canals have historically gained a bad reputation for being painful or unpleasant. Contrary to this reputation, however, it’s actually a very simple procedure with little or no discomfort for the patient. It’s more painful to leave a diseased tooth untreated and, without intervention, you risk tooth loss. It may take two to three visits to complete the entire restoration of the tooth.
If you have any teeth that are causing you pain or if you have cavities that are in need of attention, do not hesitate to call Eastwood Dental Office in Syracuse, NY. We are a no-lecture practice, so we’re happy to help you restore your teeth and get you back on track to oral health and comfort with root canal dentistry.