If you've had an untreated cavity for a long time, and you're suddenly experiencing pain in and around that tooth, you might need a root canal. Dr. Cary Limberakis and Dr. Johnathan Limberakis, your dentists in Jenkintown, PA, use root canal therapy to treat many of their patients' advanced decay; this procedure is designed to keep your natural teeth intact while eliminating any problems you might be experiencing as a result. If you're unfamiliar with how root canals are performed, or you just need a refresher, this is the post for you!
How do root canals work?
Root canals not only fix the visible portion of a damaged tooth, they also repair and stabilize what you can't see inside the tooth and below the gum line. When decay infiltrates the inner tissues, blood vessels and nerves of a tooth, it can be very painful and puts the rest of the mouth at risk for further problems. Root canal therapy, performed by your Jenkintown dentist, removes what's inside the tooth and replaces it with a durable latex material, made from a rubber tree, before being topped off with a porcelain crown. This keeps the tooth from being hollow and keeps the roots firmly in place, allowing you to chew and smile normally.
Do root canals hurt?
This is a common question that your Jenkintown dentist hears about root canal therapy. The truth is that in many ways, root canals can be thought of as an in-depth cavity filling, which means that you can expect a similar experience. The procedure usually takes a bit longer, but plenty of anesthetic is used to ensure you won't feel a thing. After your root canal, you might have some mild soreness after the anesthetic wears off, but this usually subsides in a day or two and can be controlled with over-the-counter analgesics.
Contact Limberakis Family Dentistry in Jenkintown, PA to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cary Limberakis or Dr. Johnathan Limberakis for any and all of your dental needs!