A root canal is a common and important dental procedure which can help you avoid a tooth extraction and treat your heavily decayed or damaged tooth instead of removing it altogether. However, understanding how to interpret the signs that you may need a root canal is important in helping your dentist find and treat conditions requiring this procedure early. Find out more about root canal therapy and what it can do for you with Dr. Brandon Huang at New York Dental Studio serving the Midtown Manhattan area in New York, NY.
What does a root canal treat?
Teeth have an inner, hollow area which houses the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. Called the tooth’s pulp, if these materials become damaged, it causes a toothache. A root canal clears out decayed, diseased, or damaged tissue from within the tooth. Since the root canal allows the tooth’s structure to remain in place, this procedure can prevent the need for a tooth extraction, which removes the tooth completely to cure decay or damage.
Are the rumors true? Does a root canal hurt?
Root canals do not hurt because the first thing your dentist does during your procedure is numb the area of the tooth. This local anesthetic deadens the area and allows your dentist to work without you feeling any pain or discomfort. If you do feel pain during your procedure, tell your dentist and they can administer more anesthetic.
Can a root canal help me?
One of the most obvious signs of needing a root canal is a toothache, though there are other instances where a root canal can benefit you. Sometimes, your dentist might catch decay before it reaches the tooth’s nerve to cause a toothache. In this case, a root canal stops the decay in its tracks and prevents a toothache from ever happening. Additionally, a root canal may be necessary if your dentist finds a crack or break in the tooth which could, in the future, compromise the tooth’s inner pulp and cause pain or infection.
Root Canal Therapy in New York, NY
For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Huang at New York Dental Studio serving the Midtown Manhattan area in New York, NY. Call (212) 588-1809 to schedule your appointment for an examination and cleaning with Dr. Huang today!