How a root canal from your dentists in Abington, PA, can save your smile
Tooth pain isn’t just annoying; tooth pain can be acute and it can interfere with your ability to enjoy your life. A toothache can take over, making you unable to think about anything else. All you want to do is put an end to your pain. In the not-too-distant past, the only option to deal with tooth pain was to remove the tooth.
Fortunately, there is another option which relieves pain, but allows you to save your tooth. It’s called root canal therapy! Drs. Cary L. Limberakis and Jonathan C. Limberakis at Limberakis Family Dentistry In Abington, PA, offers root canal therapy to save your tooth and save your smile.
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, works by removing the diseased and dying tissue inside of your tooth, reducing pressure, inflammation, and pain. Your dentist will create a small opening in the top of your tooth. The inflamed tissue, nerves, and blood supply inside your tooth are drawn out through the opening using ultra-thin instruments called files.
Your dentist will place a sedative material inside your tooth temporarily. This material reduces inflammation, pressure, and pain. After your tooth has “calmed down” an inert material is placed inside of your tooth and the opening is sealed up with a small metal filling. The entire root canal process eliminates infection, disease, and pain, but you still get to save your tooth. Saving your tooth means you won’t be faced with expensive tooth replacement options like dental appliances, bridges, or dental implants.
You may need a root canal if you have severe tooth decay which has spread to the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp chamber. Once the pulp is damaged, your tooth begins to die, often producing painful symptoms including temperature sensitivity, throbbing, or acute pain.
Tooth decay is only one way your tooth can become damaged. You may also need a root canal if you have experienced trauma to your teeth which has bruised the pulp. Even a common occurrence like repeated grinding or clenching can cause you to need a root canal.
No matter what has caused you to need a root canal, don’t worry. Root canal therapy can save your tooth and your smile. For more information about root canal therapy and how it can help you and your smile, call Drs. Cary L .Limberakis and Jonathan C. Limberakis at Limberakis Family Dentistry In Abington, PA, today!