Root Canal Therapy—Newtown, PA
Save Your Teeth with Root Canal Therapy
Have you ever felt momentary discomfort or sensitivity in a tooth? While this is a minor annoyance, persistent sensitivity in an area of your smile may be cause for concern. Whether it’s decay, an infection, or a sports related injury, you may need a root canal to prevent your tooth from being extracted. Thankfully, one of our highly-trained dentists at The Dentists of Newtown, Dr. Alan R. Schatz, is an experienced endodontist (root canal expert). He can save your tooth from needing a replacement and prevent further infection and damage in the future.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an incredibly common dental procedure that removes infected and damaged tissue inside of your tooth. This not only saves it from being extracted, but it also prevents future infections and pain. The most common reason for root canal therapy is heavy decay that has broken through your layers of enamel and dentin, but root canals are also necessary to save teeth that are damaged by facial trauma and injury.
Many people cringe when they hear the phrase “root canal,” but it can actually save your tooth from being extracted. This makes root canals a much better alternative to replacing a missing tooth.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Whether it’s uncleaned plaque that eats away at your layers of enamel and dentin, or a painful tooth infection, it’s important to visit The Dentists of Newtown as soon as possible. Dr. Schatz will be able to carefully examine your mouth and take X-Rays to confirm that you need a root canal. You can also be on the look out for these common symptoms:
- Pimple-like bumps on your gums
- Pain or sensitivity in a tooth
- Swollen gums or face
- Discoloration in your tooth
- Overall darkening of your tooth
- High fever
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
Many people think that root canals are painful, but in reality, their main job is to make you feel better. Dr. Schatz will make sure your mouth is numb and comfortable before removing any infected or damaged tissue from your tooth. He will clean out your tooth in the safest and most efficient way possible to make room for a biocompatible material called gutta percha. He will use this material to seal your inner tooth, which prevents further pain, infection, and damage.
Recovering from a Root Canal
You should only feel the effects of your treatment a few days afterwards. Be sure to practice a good oral healthcare routine and try to stick to softer foods to take it easy on your teeth. You can also get a lot of rest and take over-the-counter pain medication to manage any discomfort you may be feeling. If you still feel pain more than a few days after your treatment, contact our office to get the help you need.