A root canal is like a deep cavity treatment. When decay reaches the pulpy interior of a tooth, a root canal is a process where the dentist removes the decay and seals the tooth to prevent any further damage. In many cases, a crown may be installed to provide further protection to the tooth. While these procedures have a reputation for being painful, with modern technological and dental advances, Drs. Arora and Chhabra are able to make the process as pain-free as possible.
A root canal can protect damaged or weakened teeth and restore them so that extraction isn’t necessary. During a root canal the dental pulp, which can become infected or inflamed, has to be treated and cleaned to avoid a bacterial infection. If this happens, you may have to have your tooth extracted. A root canal is an attempt to flush out any bacteria and germs so the dental pulp and the tooth can be saved.
We are sometimes asked if having the tooth removed would be better than getting a root canal. Not really since a missing tooth causes all sorts of other issues including exposed gums, unstable tissue, and surrounding teeth that will soon shift out of place. Keeping your tooth is the best option, and a root canal can preserve your natural teeth. In terms of dental health, keeping your natural teeth healthy and in place is the best approach. If you are suffering from tooth pain and need a checkup and appropriate treatment including root canals, contact either of our offices in Hempstead or Central Islip, New York. We would love to help you stop your dental pain and return to a normal and active life.