At Park Avenue Dental, our approach to root canal issues is to first assess and determine the needs of each patient. While preventative measures are the best protection against root canal problems, sometimes the need for a root canal is unavoidable. In that case, we refer patients to a specialist called an endodontist to provide root canal treatments. We strive to give each patient the best service and the peace of mind that comes with a healthy smile.
Root canal therapy is a component of endodontic dentistry that treats the root canal, the hollow part of the tooth containing the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells. The purpose of root canal therapy is to save a tooth that has been afflicted by diseases or injuries, such as cracks, cavities, and loose fillings, that create the potential for bacterial infections in the root of the tooth and the bone below.
Endodontists prefer to preserve a diseased or injured tooth rather than remove it because removing the tooth produces the potential for the surrounding teeth to become crooked and inhibit the mouth from managing a good bite. Root canal therapy can eliminate pain, disease, or injury. If the tooth needs to be removed, our team will happily refer you to an endodontic dentist.
Signs That You Need Root Canal Therapy
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, it may be possible that the infection is occurring in the root canal. It is vital to consult with a dentist as soon as possible because an infection in the root canal can easily spread through the blood to other areas of the body. Some signs that you may need root canal therapy include:
- Severe tooth pain when chewing or biting down
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to cold or warm temperatures
- Swelling around the affected tooth
- Small pockets of pus around the tooth
- Discoloration of the tooth
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, contact Park Avenue Dental immediately to schedule an appointment. Our dentists will take the time to evaluate your symptoms and affected areas to determine if a referral for root canal therapy is right for you.
Root Canal Prevention at Park Avenue Dental
If you are concerned that your tooth may have an infection in the root canal, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will work with you to give you timely care and give your teeth the best care available.