When tooth decay or damage reaches past the enamel of your tooth and deep inside of your tooth, root canal therapy may become necessary. Simply called a “root canal” by many, root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that studies and treats the dental pulp and tooth nerves located inside the tooth. If these become damaged, the tooth often becomes infected and eventually dies, and may then require removal. Root canal therapy aims to prevent tooth extraction by restoring the health, function, and structural integrity of your tooth. Dr. DeLapa may suggest a root canal if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Severe tooth pain, especially when biting or chewing
- Increased tooth sensitivity, especially to heat
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums and tissues
- A recurring infection on the gums
- Tooth discoloration
Root canal therapy generally requires only one or two visits to our dental office in South Salem, New York. After numbing the tooth with local anesthesia, our talented dentist and dental team remove all tooth decay, and damaged and infected tooth structure. The empty space inside your tooth is filled with a medicated, sterile, rubber-like material. It is then sealed with a dental filling or dental crown at a later visit. For more information on root canal therapy, we invite you to contact our dental office today.