Root Canals and Tooth Extraction Webster NY
If you are experiencing pain in one of your teeth and in the jaw around it, you may have an infection that requires either a root canal or an extraction of the infected tooth. This is an extremely common occurrence, and at Empire Dental Care we are experienced in performing both procedures.
Which procedure is right for you will depend upon several factors, and you should have all the facts before deciding. Let’s review more information about root canals and tooth extractions.
When Do You Need a Root Canal or Tooth Extraction?
You may need a root canal or extraction when the nerve tissue and pulp material inside of a tooth become infected. Since the infection is inside of the tooth, it is difficult for the body to fight off the infection. The infection usually causes excessive pain in the tooth and the surrounding area. If it’s not treated quickly, the nerves can actually die and stop hurting.
The infection can then continue to spread without any signs or symptoms and cause a lot more damage. This is why it is vital to have regular checkups with your dentist and to bring up any pain you may be feeling. This infection is usually diagnosed through X-rays. The only options for treating an infection inside the tooth are through a root canal treatment or a tooth extraction.
What is a Root Canal?
During a root canal, after numbing your affected area, Dr. Cohen will expose the infected areas in the tooth. She then removes the infected tissue, cleaning out any remaining bacteria. Then she fills the tooth with gutta-percha, which is a plant-based material that prevents further infection.
Following the filling, a crown is placed over the tooth for further protection. The procedure sounds intimidating to many patients, but we will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure and we will advise on how to avoid discomfort while you are healing.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
If your tooth is badly decayed or damaged, an extraction might be the only option. During an extraction, once your mouth is numb, Dr. Cohen will remove the entire tooth and its root.
You have options for replacing the missing tooth after an extraction. We can place a bridge, or we can discuss the option for a dental implant with you.
Removing a tooth sounds like a worrisome procedure, but we are committed to ensuring your comfort throughout the process. After the extraction, it is common to experience some bleeding and swelling. We will advise you on how to remain pain-free and comfortable until your gum tissue has fully healed.
Root Canals and Tooth Extraction in Webster – With a Gentle Touch
When patients are told that they need either a root canal or tooth extraction, they often begin to feel anxious about experiencing pain or discomfort during the procedures. But, rest assured, we will take all necessary measures appropriate to ensure you are as comfortable as possible and heal quickly with minimal pain. Whether you opt for a root canal or tooth extraction, Empire Dental Care will be with you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at 585.671.1650.