Don’t be misled into thinking that having your tooth extracted is a better treatment option for your ailing tooth than root canal is. Here at Northern Jersey Endodontics, we’re specialists in performing root canal, and we want you to understand the benefits of this non-surgical procedure.
You tooth is at risk for infection when its natural protective layers become compromised, which can happen due to a cavity, a loose or lost filling, or a chipped or cracked tooth. Bacteria, which is ordinarily kept out of your tooth by the barrier that enamel and dentin provide, infect the pulp, which is at the base of your tooth, right next to the nerve. The most common symptom is pain, especially when you apply pressure to the tooth or chew with it. That pain can become excruciating. Other symptoms you may observe are sensitivity to hot and cold items, tooth discoloration, or gum tenderness. Our Montvale endodontic office will evaluate the status of your tooth by taking x-rays and doing a physical inspection of the area around the tooth. With root canal, the injured pulp and nerve are removed. The canals are cleaned and disinfected. And then those canals are sealed off. When the tooth heals, you’ll go back to your general dentist to have a crown fashioned. This process at our Montvale endodontic office results in a successful outcome over 90% of the time, as defined by the tooth remaining as viable and durable as any of your other teeth. If you have the tooth extracted, you will have empty space where it used to be. That is not cosmetically beneficial if the tooth shows when you smile. If it’s a back tooth, your chewing will become more difficult. And your other teeth may shift, leading to discomfort and a misaligned bite (occlusion).
Considering everything, including the fact that our Montvale endodontic office can assure you of very little to no pain during the root canal, it makes sense to save your tooth. Call us to set up a prompt appointment.