Root Canal Therapy What You Should Know


Root canal therapy is avoidable if you take care of your oral health, however even if you brush twice and floss once each day, you could still have tooth decay. According to your East Greenbush Dentist, it is imperative that you schedule regular appointments, even if you are not experiencing any pain.

Unfortunately, people who avoid the dentist will wait until the pain is unbearable. By that time, the damage has been done and if you have an infection in the tooth, Dr. J. Craig Alexander may recommend root canal therapy.

Root Canal Therapy is a simple procedure that has gotten a bad rap over the years. According to the American Dental Association, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than a simple filling.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Dr. Alexander recommends root canal therapy if there is an infection inside your tooth. If the pulp, which contains tissue, blood, and nerves, becomes infected with bacteria, the pulp may have to be removed. Your tooth may become infected due to trauma or a deep cavity.

The Procedure

After Dr. Alexander numbs the tooth, a rubber sheet or dental dam will be placed to keep your tooth isolated and dry. Small holes will be made with a dental drill to remove the pulp. Files will be used to shape the roots of the tooth. Water may also be used to irrigate the chambers. An antimicrobial liquid may also be used to kill any lingering bacteria and to reduce infection.

After the chambers have been cleaned and dried the tooth will be filled with a temporary filling while your permanent crown is being made. During your next appointment, Dr. Alexander will place the dental crown over the tooth to support the root canal.

Following Root Canal Therapy

You must practice good oral hygiene and schedule follow up visits to make sure that the treated tooth is healthy. If there is any sign of infection, it will need to be addressed.

If you suspect you may be suffering from tooth decay, or haven’t seen your dentist in some time, call or click and schedule an appointment with your East Greenbush Dentist Dr. J. Craig Alexander today.