Many patients who have infected or damaged teeth want to know if a root canal will help their smile. The answer in most cases will be yes. Root canal therapy is a viable way to avoid the last resort (extraction) and keep your original teeth. Find out more about getting a root canal from Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY.
What Is a Root Canal?
There are several layers that make up a tooth—the outer enamel, dentin, pulp and root. The inside of a tooth has a canal that contains sensitive tissue, blood vessels and nerves. If that tissue becomes infected, it becomes very painful and needs to be treated. This treatment is called a root canal—the root of the tooth is saved by cleaning out the inner canal.
How Does It Help Your Teeth?
A root canal makes it possible for your tooth to stay rooted in your mouth while also staying healthy and also guards it against future infection. The tooth is filled with a protective material called gutta percha and covered by a permanent crown that looks just like your other teeth. It will give you back confidence in your smile and eliminate the pain that you have been experiencing due to nerve damage.
Your Root Canal Appointment
After numbing the tooth that needs treatment, the dentist opens and cleans the canal thoroughly. Once the diseased tissue is controlled, the filling is added and an impression is taken to have your permanent crown made. You’ll come in for one more visit to have the crown bonded over the repaired tooth. Your crown restoration will last for at least five to 15 years before it needs to be replaced.
Better Dental Health Is a Visit Away
Seek urgent dental care if you have tooth pain or sensitivity. One visit for a root canal could be key to restoring your dental health. Call ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY today at (914) 232-8182 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Enyoung Park or Dr. Terry Lin.