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Root Canal Therapy—Newtown, PA

Save Your Teeth with Root Canal Therapy

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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. Larisa Strelkov, is an experienced endodontist (root canal expert). She can save your tooth from needing a replacement and prevent further infection and damage in the future.

What is a Root Canal?

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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. Strelkov 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?

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Many people think that root canals are painful, but in reality, their main job is to make you feel better. Dr. Strelkov will make sure your mouth is numb and comfortable before removing any infected or damaged tissue from your tooth. She will clean out your tooth in the safest and most efficient way possible to make room for a biocompatible material called gutta percha. She will use this material to seal your inner tooth, which prevents further pain, infection, and damage.

Recovering from a Root Canal

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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.

Root Canal Therapy FAQs

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If you have a seriously damaged or infected tooth, we can save your teeth with root canal therapy in Newtown. While it’s normal to feel a little uneasy hearing that you’re in need of this common procedure, we’re here to put all your fears and concerns to rest. For your convenience, we’ve gathered a few common questions your Newtown dentist gets about root canals. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help!

How Long Can I Wait to Get Root Canal Therapy?

If you need a root canal, we highly recommend that you don’t put it off any longer than you absolutely have to. Since teeth can’t heal themselves, leaving a broken or infected tooth untreated will allow the problem to become more destructive, more painful, and more of a threat to the rest of your mouth. The longer you wait to get a root canal, the worse your issue can potentially become. We use the latest dental technology to ensure your treatment is as quick and comfortable as possible, so there’s no need to avoid getting this tooth-saving procedure if you need it!

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy If My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt?

Intense dental pain or sensitivity is the most well-known sign that a tooth is in need of a root canal, but it isn’t present in every case. In fact, your tooth may not be bothering you at all and still need a root canal. Sometimes, if the nerve of your tooth has been damaged by injury or infection, it will simply feel numb. However, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t in danger of falling out or causing problems for your other teeth. Root canal therapy is the only way to repair the tooth and prevent the need for a complete extraction

Is It Safe for Pregnant Women to Get Root Canal Therapy?

With the help of modern dental technology and advancements in numbing medications, it’s never been safer or easier to get root canal therapy. The American Pregnancy Association reports that X-rays, local anesthesia, pain medication, antibiotics, and the root canal procedure itself are safe for both pregnant women and their babies. If you’re expecting, be sure to let us know beforehand so we can make the necessary adjustments to your treatment.

Is It Easier to Get My Tooth Extracted Instead of Having Root Canal Therapy?

When you’re in pain, it may feel like a better idea to simply have a problematic tooth removed instead of repairing it. While this may seem more straightforward at first, it can cause you a lot more time, effort, and money in the long run. For one, recovery time after a tooth extraction is longer than that of root canal therapy. Additionally, the gap in your smile left behind after a tooth extraction will need to be filled with either a dental bridge or dental implant. If left alone, even a single missing tooth can lead to jawbone deterioration, difficulties speaking and eating, and a higher risk of oral health issues. That’s why we do everything we can to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.

If you have more questions about root canal therapy, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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