Well over 14 million root canals are performed every year, making it one of the most common dental procedures. A root canal can save your natural teeth, preventing the need for implants or bridges.
What Is a Root Canal?
The center of your tooth, known as the pulp, is made up of a collection of blood vessels. These blood vessels can become infected and cause swelling, pain in the tooth and gums, as well as temperature sensitivity. Infection can be the result of a mouth trauma (even one from years ago), cracks in the tooth, or even repeated dental procedures.
What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, Dr. Braverman will likely recommend root canal therapy, a non-surgical procedures that removes the diseased pulp and restores your tooth to health.
During root canal therapy, a local anesthetic will be used to make you comfortable. The diseased pulp is removed and the root canal system is cleaned and sealed. You will be able to drive yourself home after the procedure and can return to your normal routine.
What Happens After Treatment?
Once the numbing has subsided, you are free to eat and drink as normal. If the affected tooth requires restoration, your dentist will help you determine the best course of action. To prevent further decay, be sure to practice good dental hygiene at home and visit your dentist as recommended.
There’s no need to suffer from tooth pain. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.