Common misconceptions about root canal therapy make it a much-feared procedure. The truth of the matter is that root canal therapy is actually a conservative treatment designed to alleviate, not cause tooth pain. With comfortable, conservative root canal therapy, Dr. DeRose can restore infected, damaged teeth and help prevent the need for a tooth extraction.
To understand why a root canal may be necessary, let’s examine how a tooth becomes infected in the first place. Infection occurs deep inside your tooth. A healthy tooth is comprised of three layers. The outer layer is enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. But even this is penetrable by bacteria and acids that are not cleared away with regular brushing and flossing.
Underneath the enamel is dentin, a somewhat softer substance that is filled with microscopic tubules that transfer sensations such as hot or cold to the nerve at the center of the tooth.
That nerve lives in the pulp chamber along with lymph tissue and blood vessels. These are normally well protected by the enamel and dentin. However, if there is severe decay or injury, then bacteria can migrate to the chamber and infection begins. When this happens, the nerve and other tissues begin to die and the pain can be excruciating.
Other signs that may indicate a root canal is necessary include:
As a skilled and experienced general dentist, Dr. DeRose performs root canal therapy using state-of-the-art techniques. His gentle methods and advanced technology result in quick, comfortable visits.
Root canal therapy most frequently is completed in a single visit. After examining x-rays that show the infection inside your tooth, Dr. DeRose begins by carefully anesthetizing the tooth and surrounding soft tissue. Then, he creates an opening in the crown of the tooth and carefully removes the infection and dead tissue with special hand instruments. Once the pulp chamber and attached root canals are cleared, the area is disinfected and filled with gutta-percha. This inert substance expands to fill the hollow space and prevent re-infection. More than likely, Dr. DeRose will place a temporary filling in the tooth to protect it. If you’ve been prescribed an antibiotic to fight the infection, be sure to finish all of the medicine even though the root canal procedure has been completed.
To strengthen the tooth following this procedure, 14202 dentist Dr. DeRose recommends placing a custom porcelain crown that mimics the shape and size of your natural, healthy tooth. This crown will allow you to use the tooth just as you did before the infection.
To care for a tooth that has had a root canal, be sure to brush and floss daily and pay special attention to the area where the crown meets the gum as plaque can accumulate here.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of an infected tooth, then call DeRose Dental in Buffalo, NY.
Located in the Historic Allentown area of downtown Buffalo, NY, DeRose Dental provides leading-edge dentistry with a focus on exceptional service and care. Call our dental office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. DeRose. Our team looks forward to helping you discover your best smile. Serving Buffalo, Amherst, Williamsville and surrounding areas.