Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry focused on diagnosing and treating diseases or injuries affecting the dental pulp and surrounding tissues. The dental pulp, located in the center of a tooth, contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. At Brooklyn Smile, endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, cracks, trauma or repeated dental procedures. The infection can spread if left untreated leading to severe pain, abscess formation and tooth loss. Root canal therapy, the most common procedure in endodontics, aims to save natural teeth that are severely infected or damaged.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Preserving Natural Tooth Structure
Saving natural teeth is always the best option. Removing an infected or damaged tooth may require additional dental procedures such as dental implants or bridges, to restore function and esthetics. Root canal therapy in Bay Ridge, NY, allows you to preserve your natural smile, maintain proper chewing function and avoid potential complications associated with tooth loss.
The primary reason for undergoing a root canal is to eliminate the pain caused by an infected or inflamed dental pulp. During the procedure, Dr. Herskovits, our dentist in Brooklyn, NY, removes the infected pulp, cleans the root canals and seals them to prevent further infection. Root canal therapy provides relief and restores comfort by addressing the source of the pain.
Improved Oral Health
An untreated dental infection can spread to neighboring teeth, gums or jawbone leading to more extensive oral health issues. Eliminating the infection through root canal therapy prevents further damage and promotes oral health.
The tooth will require a crown after the root canal treatment to protect the tooth. The crown serves as a durable and aesthetically pleasing cap that encapsulates the entire tooth, providing essential reinforcement and safeguarding against potential damage.
Endodontics, specifically root canal therapy, is a vital aspect of dental care that allows preserving natural teeth while eliminating infection and pain. If you experience severe tooth pain or suspect an infection, contact Brooklyn Smile at email@example.com or call (718) 745-3456.