When you have severe tooth decay, you might be tempted to just yank the tooth out yourself! Of course, that would be a painful and huge mistake. Extracting a tooth results in loss of chewing and overall oral functionality. Sure, teeth can be replaced with a bridge, dental appliance, or dental implant, but why would you want a replacement when you can salvage the original?
Root canal therapy wipes out decay while also removing plaque, tartar, and bacterial infections. It is the most common endodontic procedure for saving your teeth and smile! Dr. Aliya Khan at Moorestown Smile Center in Moorestown, New Jersey offers root canal therapy for all eligible patients.
In addition to severe tooth decay, you may need a root canal if you experience:
-Increasing tooth pain after dental treatment
-Pain when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods and beverages
-Sharp pain when you bite down or chew
-A white or red bump on your gums next to a tooth
-Drainage including blood or pus from the bump on your gums
When you have severe decay or have experienced dental trauma, the innermost layer of your tooth, known as the pulp, becomes bruised. As the pulp becomes inflamed and infected, fluid builds up inside your tooth, causing pressure and pain.
During the root canal procedure, Dr. Khan creates a small opening in your tooth. She removes the inflamed tissue out through the opening. A sedative filling is placed inside your tooth to eliminate the inflammation and pain. Once your symptoms are gone, it’s filled with an inert material and sealed with a small filling.
A root canal can wipe out pain and save your smile! You deserve a whole, healthy smile and a root canal can help you achieve it. For more information about root canal therapy and another restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, contact Dr. Aliya Khan at Moorestown Smile Center in Moorestown, New Jersey today! Call (856) 638-5266.