Dental damage can’t always be fixed with restorations. Sometimes we need to address infection inside a tooth before rebuilding its structure. This is where root canals enter the restorative equation. Also known as endodontic therapy, root canals remove infected tooth pulp to save the tooth’s structure. They are the conservative alternative to tooth extractions. If you are in need of a root canal, Dr. Singh and our team will provide caring, thorough treatment that returns you to comfort and your tooth to health.
How Root Canals Heal Infected Teeth
Decay begins at a tooth’s exterior. If it is allowed to progress through the outer layers of enamel and dentin, the cavity reaches the tooth’s pulp. Once there, it infects the tooth. This infection can cause significant pain, and will need to be dealt with before it necessitates extraction.
A root canal cleans infected pulp from the inside of a tooth. Once this pulp is removed, the tooth will be infection-free. Dr. Singh may recommend a crown be placed over the tooth to provide additional support.
Ithaca Root Canal Procedure
Forget the things you may have heard about root canals. Long exaggerated, pop culture and hearsay have made root canals the dental procedure to fear. In reality, a root canal is similar to receiving a filling. The concept is the same – infection is removed, and the area filled. A root canal simply delves deeper into a tooth, rather than solely treating its surface.
- A small hole is drilled in the lingual (tongue-facing) side of the infected tooth
- The infected pulp is removed through this hole
- Dr. Singh x-rays the tooth to ensure it is free of pulp
- The tooth is filled with dental cement and the hole is sealed
- After a healing period, a restoration is placed (if necessary)
If you’re facing a root canal and have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to making your endodontic experience a pleasant and healing one.