Toothaches and other symptoms can be signs of various oral health concerns, such as the need for a root canal. Recognizing these signs is important for preserving an infected tooth. Ignoring the signs and putting off root canal therapy can result in the need for extraction of your tooth. Root canal therapy saves your tooth from extraction, while also strengthening it so normal biting and chewing functions can resume. At Ramsey Family Dental, Dr. Robert Boff and Dr. Banafsheh Goujani are your Ramsey family dentists for root canal therapy.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is performed on an infected tooth to preserve it and avoid extraction. During the procedure for root canal therapy, the dentist removes infection and decay from inside the tooth. After removing problem areas, the interior of the tooth is then cleaned out before finally being filled in and protected with a dental crown. The process is similar to filling a cavity. Filling and sealing the tooth prevents further infection from developing and also strengthens the tooth so normal biting and chewing functions can resume without pain and sensitivity.
Root Canal Signs
There are several possible signs you may need a root canal. If you have any of the signs associated with needing a root canal, your Ramsey family dentist can examine your tooth and determine if one is needed. Some signs a root canal is needed include:
- Severe mouth pain
- A severe toothache
- Sharp pain when taking bites or chewing food
- Persistent pressure in the mouth
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold items
Benefits of Root Canals
Root canals offer several benefits, one of the most significant being the preservation of your natural tooth so it is not lost to extraction. Other benefits of root canals include:
- Preserving the natural tooth
- Alleviating oral pain and sensitivity
- Restoring biting and chewing functions
- Preventing infection from spreading
- Strengthening an infected tooth
- No extraction
If you have some of the signs of needing a root canal, your Ramsey family dentist can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Boff or Dr. Goujani, call Ramsey Family Dental at (201) 327-3060.