When you’re first told that you need to have a root canal done on a tooth, you may react with disbelief. Even if you’re experiencing tooth pain, you could feel frustrated at the prospect of that dental undertaking, and wonder if there is a less drastic step to take. While root canals have a bad reputation, they are actually a conservative way to deal with an infected tooth. Root canals prevent extractions from becoming a necessity, and preserve your natural tooth structure. Don’t dread your root canal – read on to learn about when root canals are necessary, and why they are a positive step to take.

What A Schenectady Root Canal Does For A Tooth

Decay begins at the surface of a tooth. If the decay is allowed to spread, it reaches deeper into the tooth, through the outer enamel layer and through to the tooth’s pulp. When this pulp becomes infected, it causes you a great deal of discomfort. Additionally, the infection can progress through your tooth and through the tooth root – potentially reaching your bone and causing significant damage.

A root canal removes the infected portion of a tooth while allowing the tooth’s structure to remain. Without having a root canal done, you would need an extraction, which would be followed by a dental implant and a dental restoration to replace the missing tooth. A tooth that has had a root canal may not need a restoration at all, and if it does, it will only be a dental crown.

Schenectady Root Canals Save Teeth and Stop Disease

An infected tooth is a tricky thing to take on, and endodontic treatment gets right to (if you’ll pardon our pun) the root of the problem. The procedure is similar to having a filling done, and will not cause you discomfort. After a brief healing period, your pain will be over and your tooth will be healed.

If you think you may have an infected tooth, please contact our Schenectady dentist as soon as possible.

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Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-374-9770

  

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